Kevin Anderson wins longest semifinal match in Wimbledon history

After the break, Anderson closed out the match on his serve 26-24, after more than six and a half hours.

"I played two matches over six hours in my career".

And he made it clear Grand Slam tournament organisers should consider a rule change - perhaps introducing a tie-break at 6-6 - to make the deciding set of five-set matches less gruelling.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd.

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.

Now, Anderson will face American John Isner, who will be making his Grand Slam semi-final debut on the Centre Court.

In the third set, the 33-year-old American fended off two set points and won the tiebreak 11-9.

The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the US, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday.

Anderson took a medical timeout after the third set. Isner in particularly started to appear tired at the set wore on.

Anderson said he had "mixed emotions" after the epic match.

But the physical toll exacted on the 6-8, 205-pound Anderson can't possibly be remedied in time for Sunday's meeting with a current or former world No. 1.

Nadal, 32, is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

"I feel confident in sort of baseline exchanges I'd say quite a lot with John".

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