Former Illini Anderson advances to Wimbledon final

Sherman Parsons
July 14, 2018

As if surviving a six hour, 36-minute marathon was not enough punishment for his body, Kevin Anderson is now hoping his "sore" and "swollen" feet, and "jelly-like" legs will be able to withstand one final test in Sunday's men's final at Wimbledon.

Speaking after his record-breaking marathon semi-final victory over American John Isner on Friday, Anderson, 32, spoke of the "special" feeling to have reached his maiden Wimbledon final where he awaits the victor of the delayed second semi-final between world No 1 Rafael Nadal and 12th-seeded Novak Djokovic.

On Monday, his four-set victory against France's Gaël Monfils also included three tie-breaks - as some wags on Twitter have pointed out, Anderson has over five days played tennis for longer than Germany played football in the entire Fifa World Cup.

"It's a bit of a sign for the grand slams to change this five-set format", he said.

"John's such a great guy and I really feel for him because if I had been on the opposite side, I don't know how you could take that playing for so long and coming up short".

To say that Kevin Anderson won this interminable Wimbledon semifinal, and that John Isner lost it, didn't really seem fair.

"I agree with Kevin".

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference. "Can't finish them off, if one person can't finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker there", Isner said.

"If I have to compare the game that I've played, the level of tennis that I've had (all of) those years and today, I think it's pretty close".

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Now he's going to have to use Saturday to try to rest and recover so he can give it his best shot in Sunday's final.

With Anderson serving for the final at 25-24, Isner handed his opponent two match points when a return sailed long. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

Dabrowski and Xu were up a break at 4-2 in the third set, but could not hold on. I really feel for him.

Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain.

Anderson eventually emerged victorious and will face the victor of Djokovic vs Nadal, who is not likely to be decided until tomorrow.

If he does, Isner will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final.

The semi-finals follow the shock exit of fan-favourite Roger Federer on Wednesday, after he was knocked out by Anderson.

But there were some empty seats on Centre Court and members of the crowd grew restless as they urged Isner, who is 6ft 10in, or Anderson, who is 6ft 8in, to clinch victory.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a fifth final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams.

The 31-year-old is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

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