Isner, Anderson agree: Wimbledon needs 5th-set tiebreaker

Sherman Parsons
July 18, 2018

Undaunted by losing his lead and being forced to an extra set, Djokovic saved break points at 4-all and 7-all in the fifth, before breaking Nadal at love to end things.

Having served 284 aces between them to reach their first Wimbledon semifinal, and with their last five matches decided in tiebreak sets only, not many service breaks were expected in the 12th match between Isner and Anderson, whose rivalry dates back to their college days in the U.S.

The second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be concluded on Saturday after such a long wait for Anderson and Isner to conclude their incredible match.

Novak Djokovic was leading Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m. local time, the curfew at the All England Club.

The match is being played with the Centre Court roof closed - the same conditions that the first three sets were played under.

At the semifinal on Friday, the result was a match between Anderson and Isner that took six hours and 36 minutes before eventually ending, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, in Anderson's favor.

Because Nadal and Djokovic didn't begin playing until after 8 p.m., the retractable roof above the main stadium was shut between the matches and the arena lights were turned on.

Nadal, meanwhile, is appearing in his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

Kevin Anderson has qualified for the semi-finals of Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in his career. The two will play at Wimbledon on Friday for the third time, with their record an even 1-1. The American giant did it again, smashing records at Wimbledon with another epic marathon.

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Not only is Anderson far less accomplished than either of these two - he owns zero Grand Slam titles - but he also is coming off a pair of strenuous five-setters, including his 13-11 win against eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

Additionally, Anderson called for a change in the tournament format so that players won't have to go through such long matches. It's been a roller coaster ride for him, the last couple of rounds, but he's had a day off which means a lot.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too".

In a match between two of the game's biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault.

But they had not shared a Grand Slam stage since Djokovic inflicted a bitter defeat on Nadal at Roland Garros in 2015. "I'm going to have to recover as much as I can and to try to be as ready, as fresh as possible".

For Nadal, victory would put him in a sixth Wimbledon final and 25th at the majors.

"It's fair to say that was a great match and he beat me".

Isner fell despairingly short in his bid to reach a first grand slam final at the 41st attempt. I gave it my best, and that's it. Next door to us was Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion and one of many seeded women to exit the tournament early.

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