Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

Kevin Anderson outslugged fellow giant John Isner in a record match lasting six hours, 36 minutes to reach his first Wimbledon final. It was a marathon game.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal and 12th-seeded Novak Djokovic took the court after Isner and Anderson, about 8:10 p.m. local time.

While Anderson-Isner was mostly a serving duel with a few longer rallies thrown in, Djokovic and Nadal repeatedly slugged it out from the baseline, chasing each other around the court and coming up with spectacular winners from every corner.

Although Djokovic held more convincingly for most of the first set and some of the second, Nadal in the third reverted to the drop shot that had proved so effective towards the end of his five-set win over Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, and he began to trouble his old rival in the 52nd meeting of their rivalry.

It will go down as one of the greatest matches in tennis history and a huge moment in the career of Novak Djokovic as he beat world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in a five hour and 15 minutes epic to return to a Grand Slam final for the first time in almost two years.

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Between them, three-times champion Djokovic, Nadal, fellow dual victor Andy Murray and dethroned eight-times king Roger Federer have won every men's singles crown since 2003.

Three-time champion Djokovic will play Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

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"For me this match-up, and I think for him as well, is especially cool". I know he's playing very well. "I really feel for John", added Anderson, who has now made his second final at a Slam after finishing runner-up to Nadal at last year's US Open.Anderson finished the match with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners. Anderson is the first South African to reach a Wimbledon final since Brian Norton accomplished the feat in 1921.

Anderson now stands on 172 aces with one match to come. Today I say the same.

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The Serb led by two sets to one when play stopped yesterday.

"It's hard to pick the words, I'm just going through things, the flashbacks and everything I've been through to get here, to get to finals, to win against the best player in the world", he told BBC Sport.

In a match between two of the game's biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault.

It also passed the previous mark for the second longest match at a Slam of six hours and 33 minutes which Fabrice Santoro spent seeing off Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open. We call these matches marathons, but elite marathoners complete those races in a little more than two hours. Some fans were shocked and awed by the sheer length and absurdity of the contest, while others also voiced a frustration with the first match of the day delaying the real headliner - the semifinal matchup between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "I was pretty close to making a Grand Slam final and it didn't happen".

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