Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic

Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic

Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic

South Africa's Kevin Anderson hugs John Isner of the United States, right, after the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history.

After all this was at 24-all in the fifth set of a Wimbledon semi-final that had been going on for what seemed like forever but was in fact well past the 6-1/2 hour mark.

After the break, Anderson closed out the match on his serve 26-24, after more than six and a half hours.

"I don't really know what to say right now", said Anderson. "At the end you don´t even feel that great out there, but at the same time I´m through to the final".

By the time the fourth set had begun, it was clear that this match, as some regarded it, was no warm-up act for the Nadal-Djokovic semifinal to be played later on the same court - not a starter for the main course.

It's not the first time that Isner has played to a marathon match - back in 2010, he defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 70-68 in the first round at Wimbledon in a match that lasted over 11 hours and was played over three days.

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. He beat the defending champion 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that lasted more than four hours.

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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.

Then, 122 minutes into the fifth set, the crowd went wild as a tired-looking Isner faced two more break points, only to save them with back-to-back aces as dark rain clouds gathered over Centre Court. He lost last year's US Open final to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. The Spaniard converted two out of three opportunities to break serve in the second set.

At 24-24 Anderson took a tumble but managed to get to his feet and hit a left-handed shot inside the baseline, taking the point for 0-30.

After watching Isner strike a tired forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking. "They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final.

Isner finished the tournament with a record 221 aces.

"I think it's long overdue", Isner said.

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