Wimbledon

As it happened: Anderson reaches Wimbledon final after marathon win

2018-07-13 20:55
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13 Jul 20:56
13 Jul 20:55

What a match!

Anderson will now await the winner of the second semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

It will take a superhuman effort from Anderson to recover in time for what will be an intensely physical match against either player.

13 Jul 20:53
A marathon match that lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes!
13 Jul 20:49
FINAL SCORE: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 26-24
13 Jul 20:48

Kevin Anderson is the first South African into the Wimbledon men's singles final in 97 years!

Brian Norton lost to Bill Tilden in the 1921 final.

13 Jul 20:47

An Isner forehand sails wide....

It's GAME, SET AND MATCH for Anderson!

13 Jul 20:46
A big serve brings up two match points!
13 Jul 20:46
30-15 after an Anderson ace!
13 Jul 20:45
15-all as Isner fails with a backhand pass.
13 Jul 20:44
0-15 as Anderson can't control a volley...
13 Jul 20:43
*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 25-24 Isner
13 Jul 20:42

Anderson finally breaks the Isner serve at 15!

The South African will serve for the match.

13 Jul 20:41
A forehand winner sees Anderson go 40-0 up. Three break points!
13 Jul 20:41
Ridiculous! Anderson slips, but gets up to play a left handed shot. He then wins the rally to go 30-0 up.
13 Jul 20:40

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 24-24 Isner*

Anderson holds to love.

13 Jul 20:37

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 23-24 Isner

This is simply astonishing. Isner, almost every game he's serving now, comes back from 0-30 to hold.

13 Jul 20:35
Two big serves and Isner is back at 30-all...
13 Jul 20:35
Anderson again at 30-0 up on the Isner serve...
13 Jul 20:34
"This is getting absurd" - says commentator John McEnroe.
13 Jul 20:33

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 23-23 Isner*

Anderson holds to love.

13 Jul 20:30

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 22-23 Isner

Yet again, Isner comes back from 0-30 down to hold serve.

13 Jul 20:29
But Isner battles back to 30-all...
13 Jul 20:27
Anderson again 30-0 up on the Isner serve...
13 Jul 20:26

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 22-22 Isner*

Anderson simply refuses to buckle.

13 Jul 20:22

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 21-22 Isner

Isner holds. Again.

Anderson twice missed makeable backhands which would have given him break point.

13 Jul 20:20
Two big serves and Isner is back at 30-all...
13 Jul 20:20
An Isner double fault sees Anderson go up 30-0...
13 Jul 20:19

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 21-21 Isner

Anderson holds at 30 after Isner shanks a forehand in a rare long rally.

13 Jul 20:14

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 20-21 Isner

Isner holds to 15 but Anderson will now serve with new balls.

13 Jul 20:12

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 20-20 Isner*

Big serving from Anderson levels matters at 20-all.

13 Jul 20:10

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 19-20 Isner

Anderson is looking physically stronger, but Isner is hanging tough on serve.

13 Jul 20:07

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 19-19 Isner*

Anderson keeps his end of the bargain...

13 Jul 20:04
The match is now 5 hours and 52 minutes long...
13 Jul 20:03

*Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 18-19 Isner

Isner just continues to keep the big bombs coming on serve.

13 Jul 20:00

Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 18-18 Isner*

Anderson not giving up as he holds comfortably to love.

 

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