Wimbledon: Anderson defeats Isner in 6-hour thriller

Wimbledon: Anderson defeats Isner in 6-hour thriller

Wimbledon: Anderson defeats Isner in 6-hour thriller

Novak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused on a knife-edge on Friday (July 13).

Considering how Nadal and Djokovic played today, there's every chance they'll at least play for another couple of hours which would have to push back the women's final.

John Isner of the US leaves the court after being defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men's semifinal match at Wimbledon on Friday.

The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes.

"We don't want it to be 70-68, John", someone shouted from the crowd at 8-8 in reference to Isner's 2010 epic win over Mahut, as both men kept slamming down huge serves.

But the enormity of his achievement eventually started to sink in, as he emulated his feat at last year's US Open, where he made it to the championship match - only to lose to Nadal.

To say it was a close match would be drastically underselling what took place between the two players, whose history against one another dates back to their college days when Isner played at Georgia and Anderson played at IL.

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Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, meet in a highly anticipated Wimbledon semi-final at about 16:30 BST on Friday.

Anderson became the first South African male to reach the final since 1921 with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court.

They combined for 102 aces, 53 by Isner, 49 by Anderson.

Djokovic and Nadal repeatedly slugged it out from the baseline, chasing down seemingly the impossible and hitting spectacular winners from every corner. Anderson finally came through on his sixth to lead 25-24, then served out the victory when Isner sailed a forehand wide. This was the first Wimbledon semi-final with a tie break in the opening three sets and the best was yet to come!

The match will get back under way at 1pm, tournament organisers said, and it will be played under the roof again, given it began in those conditions.

"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said.

The 6-foot-10 Isner and the 6-foot-8 Anderson had played 11 times before on tour, but they also faced each other in college, including in the 2007 NCAA finals, which Isner won.

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