Wimbledon 2018 -- Barbora Krejcikova, Katerina Siniakova reach doubles final

Jul 14, 2018, 02:58
Wimbledon 2018 -- Barbora Krejcikova, Katerina Siniakova reach doubles final

A showdown between two tennis skyscrapers - with Isner topping the 6 foot 8 Anderson by two inches - predictably featured three tiebreaks and 102 thunderbolt aces but it was the 32-year-old South African who delivered the knockout blow.

A 6 hour and 35-minute battle for Greensboro native John Isner ended in defeat Friday at Wimbledon.

"I don't really know what to say right now", said Anderson. "At the end you feel like it's a draw, but someone has to win", an exhausted Anderson, who had sensationally beaten defending champion Roger Federer in another nail-biting five-setter two days ago, said.

It is also the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.

Anderson survived Friday's incredible endurance test, beating Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes. Still, Isner did jokingly ask chair umpire Marija Cicak at one point during the last set whether they could play a tiebreaker.

Kveta Peschke, 43, and her American partner Nicole Melichar advanced with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu.

Isner has been playing the tennis of his life this year, claiming a first Masters title and now on the threshold of a first Slam final, and he edgedMilos Raonic, whose body looked to be letting him down once more in a career ravaged with injury.

After each of his service games, Isner was one game away from the win, which was likely more agonizing than helpful, especially as Anderson continued to pummel aces and winners to bring things back even. Anderson is a righty, prompting the Wimbledon crowd collectively gasp at the play.

Kevin Anderson edged a tight opening set 7-6 (6) against American John Isner.

Anderson broke through for a 5-3 lead in the third set, ending Isner´s run of serving invincibility at this year´s Wimbledon at 110 games.

After Anderson dropped the second set on a tiebreak despite making only one unforced error, a see-saw third set full of momentum changes followed, with both men creating chances, but unable to take them. There were two crucial moments in the opening set before the tie break, when Anderson saved three break points in game three to survive an early scare and in game 10 when John repelled a set point.

How do you sum up Kevin Anderson and John Isner's Wimbledon semi-final? I really feel for him. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

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