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Three-time victor John McEnroe said in commentary that there should be fifth-set tie-breaks at grand slams and Anderson agreed, adding: "I really hope we can address this".

Anderson spent a total of 21 hours on the court prior to Sunday's finals, and said in a post-match interview he would have given "another 21 hours" to have the opportunity to play.

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

John Isner already had won the longest match in Wimbledon - and tennis - history.

It all made for an unusual schedule, with the start of the women's final - normally the stand-alone showcase on the fortnight's last Saturday - delayed until Nadal and Djokovic finished.

"I don't know if I'll be the clear favourite in that one".

It was a severe test of stamina for both players, as well as those watching, and meant a long wait for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who were due on next in the second semi-final.

"Nothing to complain. I think I played a great match".

Anderson will face a giant of a different kind in the men's final Sunday - either twice champion Rafael Nadal of Spain or three-time victor Novak Djokovic, who posted a picture on social media of himself playing marbles while waiting for Isner and Anderson to finish.




Isner, who has now competed in the two longest matches in Wimbledon history, also called for change. The last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open. Anderson, who came into the last-four clash as the man who broke the Roger Federer serve for the first time in the Swiss' 2018 campaign, appeared to have lost some sting on his own serve in the third, while Isner, who was running away with games on his deliveries, seemed to have the edge.

The show being put on by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was so good it could have been an instant classic had they been able to finish their semifinal before the tournament's 11 p.m. curfew.

Anderson, the eighth seed, won a gruelling battle of the big servers as records tumbled on Centre Court.

After being kept on the run for six hours and 36 minutes, the longest ever singles semi-final at the All England Club, how the 32-year-old was still standing was anyone's guess. But serving in the fourth, Isner got a shock break, however Anderson would give it right bad.

The second set also came down to a tiebreaker, but this time it was the American who came out on top when he threw down an ace on the final point. Moments later, he got to love-40 before Nadal took five points in a row to serve out the set.

Djokovic raced out to a strong opening set, but Nadal found his bearings and his forehand in the second.

As intense as any athletes in any sport, these two didn't exactly slowly ramp things up when they returned to Centre Court about 14 hours after they'd departed.

The expectation was that the first semifinal Friday would be a tight contest filled with tiebreakers - and that's precisely what it was.

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