Game, Set, Marathon: Anderson Wins Record-Shattering Wimbledon Semifinal

Novak Djokovic

The No. 9 seed Anderson will square off against the victor of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which was suspended after three sets, and will be continuing on Saturday.

History books will show that Anderson came out on top in a 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-4 26-24 epic that lasted six hours and 36 minutes - the longest ever semi-final at Wimbledon - but those numbers fail to illustrate the astonishing feats of endurance shown by the two gladiators on the most famous stage in tennis. They traded breaks in games five and six in set number four as well and Anderson made one more push to seize another one in game nine, converting his fourth set point a few minutes later to bring the set home on own serve.

Some fans were shocked and awed by the sheer length and absurdity of the contest, while others also voiced a frustration with the first match of the day delaying the real headliner - the semifinal matchup between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Anderson's fifth set alone lasted almost 3 hours as his semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill.

In a battle of the big-servers, eighth seed Kevin Anderson takes on ninth seed John Isner with both men looking to reach their first Wimbledon final.

While the match was tense, it was far from compelling, with both power players simply blasting serves past one another and trading service in the final set.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference.

Anderson began his Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Norbert Gombos before beating Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4.

It's his second showpiece appearance in four major tournaments after his runner-up finish in last year's US Open.

Kerber is often referred to as "The Wall" and the 30-year-old proved so again in committing a meagre 10 errors in her semi-final demolition of Jelena Ostapenko.

Where is the Wimbledon 2018 Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal semi-final match? At 13-13 in the final set, one spectator screamed "we want to see Rafa!"

Three-time winner John McEnroe called for a rule change in commentary, suggesting there should be fifth-set tie-break at grand slams rather than wait for a clear victor. "I mean, it's not easy in that setting at the end".

But the struggle to hold serve continued into the next game with Nadal immediately regaining his break advantage with a wonderful forehand victor.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too".

These victories certainly cannot be viewed as a positive for subsequent rounds, although it's probably fair to say that if one player can be fresh after a five-hour match, it will be Nadal.

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