Kevin Anderson vs John Isner: Wimbledon semifinal preview and prediction

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Andrew Boyers / Reuters Anderson in action during his semi-final match against John Isner.

Kevin Anderson has been praised for a brilliant act of sportsmanship for John Isner after their six-and-a-half hour marathon semi-final at Wimbledon.

Kevin Anderson might live in Florida these days, but he's still a South African citizen - and his fellow Saffas are fiercely claiming him as their own again, as he heads to the Wimbledon Men's Singles final on Sunday, after an extraordinary semi-final that saw him battle John Isner of the US for more than six hours.

Actually, both Isner and Kevin Anderson, the man who won their Wimbledon semifinal 26-24 in the final set after more than 6 1/2 hours Friday, agree a switch is necessary.

Anderson survived Friday´s endurance test, beating Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes.

However, Friday's main event at The Championships was the second semifinal matchup between heavyweights Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Ninth seed Isner set the world record for the longest tennis match in history when he took 11 hours and five minutes across three days to beat Nicolas Mahut after 183 games at the All England Club in 2010.

"At the end you feel like it is a draw, but someone has to win", a drained Anderson, who had sensationally beaten defending champion Roger Federer in another nail-biting five setter two days ago, said.




Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

The match was tight throughout, but Isner saved two set points in the third-set tiebreaker to take the lead. But there were, in fact, several breaks of serve. Isner failed to convert a set point in the opener. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued.

It's very likely now that the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will now be delayed from its usual 2pm start.

Assuming Anderson is able to walk and raise his serving arm, Sunday will make his second major final appearance after the 2017 US Open, when he lost in straight sets to Nadal. Anderson moved to his first Wimbledon final as Isner produced his 59th unforced error. Isner and Anderson, both giants capable of enormous serves, just kept blasting the ball past each other, trading service and sides of the court as the rules dictated, but rarely ever competing in a compelling rally. I apologize if I'm not more excited right now.

He added: "It's a bit of a sign for the Grand Slams to change this five-set format".

"I feel pretty awful", Isner said in a news conference.

On a critical point that helped him earn the break he needed to win the match, Kevin Anderson hit one of the most impressive shots you'll ever see. The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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