Anderson has his work cut out against Isner in Wimbledon semifinal

Rafael Nadal of Spain crashes into the crowd

Rafael Nadal of Spain crashes into the crowd

John Isner already had won the longest match in Wimbledon - and tennis - history.

The 32-year-old Anderson triumphed 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 after six hours and 36 minutes on Centre Court.

"Just playing like that in those conditions, it was really tough for both of us".

Although the All England Club has a retractable roof with lights, a curfew of 11 p.m.is implemented in order not to disturb its residential neighbors in southwest London. Anderson hasn't defeated Nadal in five previous encouters, while he holds a 1-5 ledger all-time against Djokovic.

Although Djokovic had chances to recover the break in the final game of the second, Nadal ultimately held as he levelled the match. Each man also took a turn shouting toward the crowd after capturing a set, and Isner waved a hand toward the crowd during the third-set tiebreaker to generate more cheering.

"I feel pretty bad", Isner said afterward. "I've hit a lot of left-handed balls throughout my life".

"So I apologise if I'm not more excited right now because the mix of emotions getting through something like that is quite different".

"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.

The American fends off another break chance at 10-10 and this insane encounter has turned into the longest Wimbledon semi-final in terms of time and the number of games, passing the insane semi-final clash between Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek that Goran won 15-13 in the fifth.

The match could not end due to a quirk of Wimbledon and two of the other Grand Slams - the fifth set cannot end in a tiebreaker.

"I hope this is a bit of sign for Grand Slams to change this format", Anderson said. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued.

The following year, Nadal downed the Serb, who was world number one at the time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in the semi-finals in Paris, this time in four hours and 37 minutes. John Isner of the USA reacts during his semi final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

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.

Update: The Nadal vs Djokovics match start time has been pushed back to 12:45 pm EST at the earliest since the Kevin Anderson vs John Isner Semi-Final match has gone five Sets-plus.

Anderson's fifth set alone lasted almost 3 hours as his semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill.

As expected in a match between very tall men with booming serves, the first three sets were decided in tiebreakers. Between that and the energy-sapper against Isner, it's hard to imagine how Anderson will have much left for Sunday's final, his second at a major. Anderson had 49 aces in the victory.

Anderson, who won the fifth set 26-24, appeared to be more annoyed. The American roared and turned to his box as he took the third set on his third set point.

He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

Isner also broke the record for most aces at Wimbledon, hitting 214 at the tournament and 53 on Friday.

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