South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American John Isner to reach the men's final. It has been scheduled as TBA - to be arranged - and will not start before 5pm local time on Saturday.
"I don't really know what to say right now", said Anderson. It's really tough on both of us.
Former Illini Kevin Anderson put together a slightly cleaner game than foe John Isner.
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.
The Serb, a three-time Wimbledon champion, is ahead 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9).
'Whoever pulls through will be so worn out while facing Djo (kovic) or Nadal in a final.
Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1). The American roared and turned to his box as he took the third set on his third set point.
The 33-year-old agreed with Anderson that Wimbledon, the Australian Open and Roland Garros should fall in line with the US Open and introduce a tiebreak in the final set. The fifth set lasted 175 minutes. "I'm not going to hang my hat on that, for sure", he said.
"We've been lined up against each other for about 14 years now, because he left IL when I left Georgia".
"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now". That match spanned 11 hours and five minutes, with Isner eventually triumphing 70-68 in an astoundingly long final set. "At the end, you don't even feel that great out there".
To say it was a close match would be drastically underselling what took place between the two players, whose history against one another dates back to their college days when Isner played at Georgia and Anderson played at IL.
There are no tiebreakers in the fifth set of matches at Wimbledon.
"It's a bit of a sign for the grand slams to change this five-set format", he said. The 2012 Olympian played the longest match in Wimbledon history in 2010. "I think he will expect that, as well". "Somebody has to win, John is such a great guy and I really feel for him", added Anderson, who has known Isner for 14 years.
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.
Tennis writers also took aim at how the officials were quick to reschedule the women's final but stopped short of moving the time of the men's final because of a clash with the World Cup final. Isner was representing the university of Georgia, while Anderson was at the university of IL. Another set point came at 9-8, but this time on Isner's serve, who saved it with a 138 mile-per-hour serve.
Anderson would create that turning moment when he resorted to using his non-dominant hand to win a point after tumbling to the grass.