Anderson defeats Isner in Wimbledon thriller to reach final

Friday, Jul 13

It was one that will go down in the history books – and it belongs to Kevin Anderson.

The 6’8” South African prevailed in an incredible Wimbledon semifinal 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-7(9), 6-4, 26-24 over John Isner, who has garnered an impressive reputation as tennis’s marathon man. The match, which lasted six hour and 36 minutes, is the second-longest Grand Slam match in history, second only to Isner’s 2010 epic, which ended after three days of play with a score of 70-68 in the fifth set, also at Wimbledon.

The slick grass courts of Wimbledon have always favoured strong servers, and with both players towering over two metres tall, many pundits felt a match of this scoreline was never in doubt. Isner ended the match with 129 winners, including 53 aces, but Anderson’s tidier stat sheet earned him a total of 298 points won to the American’s 271.

Anderson awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Both Isner and Anderson players slated to play Rogers Cup in August as the ATP World Tour heads back to North American hard courts, and both are sure to present plenty of problems for the rest of the field with their imposing games and giant serves. Do either of them have a shot at the trophy in Toronto?

(Feature photo: Associated Press)