Have mercy! Anderson demands rule change after Wimbledon epic

Have mercy! Anderson demands rule change after Wimbledon epic

Have mercy! Anderson demands rule change after Wimbledon epic

The semi-final was deep into the fifth set when the new record was set, although it is still a long way behind the 11 hours and 5 minutes it took Isner to beat Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 first round.

Anderson also played an extended fifth set in the quarterfinals, eliminating eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set.

Anderson had landed on his back giving a return from the baseline, losing his racquet in the process.

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.

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Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final.

Isner would like the US President, a serious tennis fan, to be in the Centre Court crowd as his guest for what promises to be another battle of big serves against Kevin Anderson.

Each player held his next serve before Anderson broke Isner again to go up 5-4 and then proceeded to serve out the set to send the match to a decisive fifth set. Isner in particularly started to appear tired at the set wore on.

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory.

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On the most crucial point of the match, Anderson recovered after a fall and hit a lefty forehand to go up 0-30 while Isner was serving at 24-24.

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

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And another all-time great awaits him on Sunday in either Nadal or Djokovic. We played each other in college probably three, four, five times.

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