Anderson topples Isner in longest-ever Wimbledon semifinal

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It has been scheduled as TBA - to be arranged - and will not start before 5pm local time on Saturday. Just playing like that in those conditions was really tough on both of us. It finished 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24. Djokovic finally claimed it on his second chance. And he held the upper hand Friday after saving three set points in the gripping tiebreak.

With 29 Grand Slam titles between them, Nadal and Djokovic's meeting was a highly anticipated match between players who have met more than any other two men in the Open era.

The match was the second-longest in professional tennis history, behind only Isner's record-setting 11-hour, five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010. Mathieu won 18-16 in the fifth set of a match that last five hours and 41 minutes.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference. "I've hit a lot of left-handed balls throughout my life".

"I apologize I'm not more excited right now", he continued. It goes past the 2013 semifinal encounter between Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro which ended in the Serbian's favour 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 after 4 hours and 44 minutes.

"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.

In a Wimbledon men's singles semifinal match that experienced three tiebreakers and a fifth set that lasted 50 games, the margin for error was slim as could be.

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All the 32-year-old had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second-longest match ever contested at the All England Club. "I think it will take a long time to process everything that has happened today, but I do know that I'm into the finals of Wimbledon, and that's really part of a dream come true". In the fourth set, the American seemed to tire, with Anderson surging to a more conventional 6-4 win and seemingly ready to wrap it up.

It is a match that featured 102 thunderbolt aces, 264 unreturned serves and 247 bone-rattling winners but none of those will stand out as much as the heart and desire of the two combatants as both tried to reach their first Wimbledon final. Anderson's win over John Isner lasted 6 ½ hours and went to 26-24 in the fifth set.

With nobody budging on serve, a tie-break was needed to separate the pair and after some lung-busting rallies of epic proportions it was Djokovic who survived two set points before taking his own opportunity for the overnight advantage in a gripping contest.

But Isner dug deep, and the final set turned into a seemingly interminable quest between two tall men with scorching serves for that elusive break.

Others called for a rule change, suggesting a deciding fifth-set tie-break be introduced rather than waiting for a clear victor.

Repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson held break points at 7-all, 10-all and 17-all. "We want to see Rafa!"

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