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Kevin Anderson wins semifinal match, hopes for format change

14 July, 2018, 02:57 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • John Isner at Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson has called for a rethink of the format of final sets in men's Grand Slam competitions after his win in Friday's epic Wimbledon semi-final.

The 32-year-old stunned the tennis world on Wednesday when he beat defending champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while Isner beat Canadian Milos Raonic in his quarter-final match.

American tennis player John Isner lost to Kevin Anderson in a record-setting semifinal at Wimbledon that lasted over six hours on Friday.

"I don´t really know what to say right now, playing like that in those conditions was really tough for the both of us", said eighth seed Anderson. "At the end, you don't even feel that great out there".

By the time the fourth set had begun, it was clear that this match, as some regarded it, was no warm-up act for the Nadal-Djokovic semifinal to be played later on the same court - not a starter for the main course.

Twitter was abuzz with jokes that the Anderson-Isner match could well stretch beyond the 70-68 final-set scoreline that Isner won with over Mahut eight years ago. "I was pretty close to making a Grand Slam final and it didn't happen".

The match between Isner and Anderson, who had been trying to become the first South African to reach the Wimbledon title match since Brian Norton in 1921, featured 102 aces, with only 22 rallies going to nine points or more.

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With fellow semi-finalists Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic waiting in the wings, Isner and Anderson made the most of their first appearance on Centre Court in these championships - staying on court for six hours.

In a matchup of two of the tallest (Isner at 6 feet, 10 inches, Anderson at 6-8) and biggest-serving players on the ATP tour, Isner and Anderson expectedly played tiebreaks in each of the first three sets.

At one point in the fifth set, a spectator shouted, "Come on, guys!"

And repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-all, 30-40.

Wimbledon's lack of a fifth set tiebreaker in one of the things that makes the major unique.

In a match between two of the game's biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault. Another set point came at 9-8, but this time on Isner's serve, who saved it with a 138 miles-per-hour serve. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

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