Prime News, International Sports, Tennis, London, July 14:- South Africa’s star Kevin Anderson is through to the Wimbledon men finals after defeating American John Isner in a marathon five setter match that lasted for more than 6.5 hours.
Anderson will play his first Wimbledon final on Sunday after beating Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 26-24 in the semifinal.
In the second longest match on Saturday, Anderson was able to fight back from 2-1 back to seal the victory.
During the match, Anderson won the first set but failed to show his spark in the following two. He then took the fourth set 6-4, breaking the Isner’s serve twice in the set.
Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners while Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners. He broke through for a 5-3 lead in the third set, ending Isner’s run from the game.
He saved three break points in the third game of the first set before Isner had to save a set point in the 10th.
The final set alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes.
Anderson will now face either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in the final.
Djokovic-Nadal semifinal to resume Saturday
Meanwhile, Friday’s second Wimbledon men’s semifinal between World No 1 Rafael Nadal and three-time champion Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets because of the tournament’s 11 pm local time curfew in England.
It will resume Saturday at 1 pm local time (8 am ET), ahead of the women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. That final will not start before 2 pm local time (9 am ET).
The Djokovic-Nadal match will resume with the roof closed, a decision that was left to the players to agree upon. The All England Club confirmed that decision had been made late Friday. The women’s final, however, will take place with the roof open unless weather intervenes and requires it to be closed. No rain is forecast for the area on Saturday.
The last men’s semifinal to be finished on Saturday was in 2007, between none other than Nadal and Djokovic. Djokovic retired in that match because of a toe blister.
Play was halted Friday after 2 hours, 54 minutes, with Djokovic leading two sets to one, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9). He saved three set points in the tiebreaker, then converted his second set point when Nadal netted a backhand.
The two didn’t begin their semifinal until after 8 pm, as they had to wait out the conclusion of the 6-hour, 36-minute, five-set marathon between John Isner and Kevin Anderson. The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games as well as duration — besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)