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Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic

14 Juillet 2018

There was the deluge of aces (more than 100, in fact), the three tiebreakers, the final set that itself lasted almost three hours. However, Anderson and Isner are just beginning their fourth set, so the match between Nadal and Djoker will be delayed slightly.

Although the game was dominated by big serving, there were some unbelievable highlights, including a key moment deep in the fifth set.

"John is a great guy and I feel for him", Anderson told the BBC after Friday's match.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

That "endless match" prompted officials to erect a plaque on Court 18 to commemorate the feats of the two players. The third-set tiebreak between Djokovic and Nadal finished at 11:02 p.m., and an announcement was made immediately that play had been suspended.

Isner had won the last five meetings with Anderson but their history together goes even further than their first professional encounter back in 2008.

From 2011 through 2016, Novak Djokovic was a mainstay in Grand Slam semifinals, advancing at least that far in 22 of the 24 majors (and winning 11) over that span.

John Isner of the United States stumbles as he returns the ball to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their men's singles semifinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Friday July 13, 2018.

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now".

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The three-time Wimbledon remains the only player on the ATP Tour capable of defeating the pair on their favoured surfaces and he relished the cooler conditions.

Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

The next set proved to be similar to the opener with no breaks of serve and needed another tiebreaker to separate the two, which Isner won 7-5 to tie things up at a set apiece.

The final set lasted just five minutes short of three hours.

Isner also took part in the longest match - period, no caveats - in tennis history, which, astoundingly, almost doubled the duration of Friday's contest.

However, soon after Djokovic had gone on social media to show he had been reduced to playing a game of marbles on the locker room floor - a message punctuated with three laughing emojis - Anderson delivered the knockout blow to reach the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking. "I mean, it's not easy in that setting at the end".

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

Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic