Wimbledon final will be ‘tough’ for Kevin Anderson: John Isner explains why


Isner's grass data over the last two years is also marginally better than Anderson's, so he does look to hold a slight edge in his quest to reach his first ever Grand Slam final.

"I feel like she's been playing really well, ". "For us to be out there for that..."

But they had not shared a Grand Slam stage since Djokovic inflicted a bitter defeat on Nadal at Roland Garros in 2015.

6-4, 26-24 to Anderson after six hours and 35 minutes, it became the longest last-four clash in the history of the championship and the second-longest men's singles match at the All England Club.

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With nobody budging on serve, a tie-break was needed to separate the pair and after some lung-busting rallies of epic proportions it was Djokovic who survived two set points before taking his own opportunity for the overnight advantage in a gripping contest.

In the end, and to the surprise of no one, they did not come close to finishing after two hours and 54 minutes of play on Friday night.

Anderson and Isner, who were meeting for the 12th time in their professional careers, played an extremely even bout to decide who would take on the victor of Friday's later semifinal, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right now.so many mixed emotions in getting through something like that".

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Djokovic-Nadal had clearly been the headline act of the day - they have five Wimbledon titles between them and met in the 2011 final while Anderson and Isner had never made the semifinals before - and their tennis was at another level from the earlier match. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win.

The match will get back under way at 1pm, tournament organisers said, and it will be played under the roof again, given it began in those conditions. They both serve like demons, and don't return serves particularly well. The couple have a son who is now the highest ranked 14-year-old in Sweden. But if and when Djokovic does break serve, or win a set, or save a set point, or do something to fire himself up and sow doubt in Nadal's head, all of that could be turned upside-down in a hurry, the same way their rivalry has been turned upside-down in a hurry in the past.

It is a match that featured 102 thunderbolt aces, 264 unreturned serves and 247 bone-rattling winners but none of those will stand out as much as the heart and desire of the two combatants as both tried to reach their first Wimbledon final.

Indeed, one tired spectator had had enough in the 27th game of a grueling fifth set that seemed to be dragging on with no end in sight as he heckled: "C'mon guys, we want to see Rafa!" "For a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career", Isner said.

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"My results were not up to the standard that I had before", said Djokovic after beating Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.