Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from continuing ad infinitum.
"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.Isner and Anderson have played each other before professionally and they were rivals in college (Isner, 33, played at the University of Georgia, and Anderson, 32, at University of Illinois). Isner beat Mahut: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.
Isner is still seeking his first Grand Slam final appearance.
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The match between Isner and Anderson, who had been trying to become the first South African to reach the Wimbledon title match since Brian Norton in 1921, featured 102 aces, with only 22 rallies going to nine points or more.
Anderson, who also won a marathon game against Roger Federer in the quarter-final, will face the either Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, both of whom sat in the locker room for the duration of the first final. There was the deluge of aces (more than 100, in fact), the three tiebreakers, the final set that itself lasted almost three hours.
But not only did Anderson jump back to his feet, the South African astonishingly switched his racket into his left hand and, gripping it half way up the handle, hit a forehand to get the ball back and take the point before he broke and then went on to win the match. They have not, however, met since 2015 in Indian Wells where Isner won in straight sets 7-6 6-2.
Others called for a rule change, suggesting a deciding fifth-set tie-break be introduced rather than waiting for a clear victor.
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Isner then defeated Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 7-6 to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time. Anderson is a righty, prompting the Wimbledon crowd collectively gasp at the play.
Wimbledon's lack of a fifth set tiebreaker in one of the things that makes the major unique.
In contrast, Anderson didn't concede a break-point in this set, taking one of the six offered by Isner under fading light. Two points later, Anderson had the vital break to lead 25-24 before serving out the match. "I don't know", Isner said.
Quotable: "I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".
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It clearly means a lot to anyone associated with Croatia , an idea that Dalic reiterated after the game. That is most important for me. "I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it".