Anderson keeps Wimbledon dream alive, reaches final

John Isner at Wimbledon

John Isner and Kevin Anderson may have been playing their hearts out on Centre Court, with a place in the Wimbledon final on the cards, but one supporter still saw fit to make a joke at their expense during the longest semi-final in the tournament's history.

But it falls short of the 11 hours and five minutes that it took for Isner to beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in their first-round match at Wimbledon in 2010.

The match has surpassed the previous record of 4 hours, 44 minutes when the score was tied 9-9 in the deciding set.

Anderson, who was runner-up to Nadal in last year's US Open final, becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon decider since Brian Norton in 1921.

The 32-year-old stunned the tennis world on Wednesday when he beat defending champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while Isner beat Canadian Milos Raonic in his quarter-final match.

With the home court advantage, John defeated Kevin 6-1 7-6 on court 1 (they battled in doubles as well but that match wasn't finished) and his teammates added two more singles wins to wrap up a flawless 4-0 triumph for the Bulldogs who had won the first title since 2001.

In the second semi-final also at Centre Court, world No 1 Rafael Nadal takes on three-time victor, Novak Djokovic.

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