SA's Kevin Anderson foils John Isner to reach maiden Wimbledon final

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Kevin Anderson might have faced down one of the greatest players of all time in Roger Federer and found a state of self-belief to get him over the line, and he will need to dig every bit as deep again to snap a five-match losing streak to John Isner to reach a second Slam final.

While the U.S. Open would have a 6-6 fifth set end in a tiebreaker race to win by two, with every point building in importance and drama, Wimbledon uses advantage sets and insists that you must break your opponent's service game and win the set by two games to win the match. After a testing five-set match, Anderson eventually won 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24.

"I don´t really know what to say right now, playing like that in those conditions was really tough for the both of us", said eighth seed Anderson.

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The only match to last longer at Wimbledon was Isner's win over Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which ended 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes. He beat the defending champion 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that lasted more than four hours.

And the friendship and rivalry between the two was evident in both of their post-match interviews, with Isner quick to congratulate the South African for reaching his first Wimbledon final.

Anderson will now have to recover quickly in order to overcome a giant of a different kind in the men's finals on Sunday: either the top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain, a two-time victor at Wimbledon, or three-time champion Djokovic, who posted a picture on social media of himself playing marbles.

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An Isner ace fittingly concluded the 12 games in the first, before Anderson recovered from a mini-break down to take a one-set lead after an hour and three minutes.

Where is Kevin Anderson vs John Isner taking place? . He lost last year's US Open final to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

As it became clear that Isner was due for another endless fifth set, tennis fans were far from delighted. There was this: the tumble Anderson took late in the match, only to somehow hop up, hit the ball left handed and ultimately claim the point - all as the typically stoical Wimbledon crowd gasped and screamed above them. Between that and the energy-sapper against Isner, it's hard to imagine how the No. 8 seed Anderson will have much left for Sunday's final, his second at a major. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

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"Rafa and Djokovic, I don't even know, can they finish tonight?"

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