Kevin Anderson, John Isner call for Grand Slam tiebreakers after match

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Anderson's opponent for the title will be Nadal or Novak Djokovic, who did not set foot on Centre Court until just before 8 p.m. on Friday evening, after waiting around all day.

Their eagerly-awaited semi-final was halted just after 11pm (2200GMT) under a curfew agreement with Djokovic leading Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9). The match will resume Saturday, July 14, on Centre Court. The contest surpassed the previous record of 4 hours and 44 minutes set by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

The question South African fans are asking now, however, is whether Anderson will have time to recover sufficiently before Sunday's final.

Kevin Anderson won a gruelling, history-making semi-final that ran for over six and a half hours to earn a place in his first Wimbledon final. Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey in that 2012 third-round match. "Just playing like that, in those conditions, was really tough on both of us at the end, you know".

"You feel like it's a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win". I apologize if I'm not more excited right now. "So many mixed emotions getting through something like that is, you know, is quite different".

Eight years after being enshrined in Wimbledon folklore for winning the "endless match" - an 11 hour five minute humdinger against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010 - he was dragged into the second-longest ever match at the grasscourt major. It's the 12th matchup between No. 8 seed Anderson and No. 9 Isner, who leads the head-to-head 8-3.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference.

"We've been lined up against each other for about 14 years now, because he left IL when I left Georgia".

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"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

"Hats off to Kevin".

"It's incredible that Djokovic finds smashing so hard when he can play volleys so well", he said.

While the match was tense, it was far from compelling, with both power players simply blasting serves past one another and trading service in the final set. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

The eighth-seeded Anderson became the first person to break the serve of ninth-seeded Isner, doing so once in the third set, twice in the fourth set and again during the fifth set.

But while both men are big servers, nobody could've expected the final set to reach 50 games, as Anderson eventually broke to take a 25-24 advantage and was able to close things out.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson put together a slightly cleaner game than foe John Isner.

Between them, three-times champion Djokovic, Nadal, fellow dual victor Andy Murray and dethroned eight-times king Roger Federer have won every men's singles crown since 2003. They have not, however, met since 2015 in Indian Wells where Isner won in straight sets 7-6 6-2. Each man also took a turn shouting toward the crowd after capturing a set, and Isner waved a hand toward the crowd during the third-set tiebreaker to generate more cheering. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove. His only victory against Djokovic came in three sets at the 2008 ATP Masters Series in Miami.

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