Gutsy Anderson through to final

He and John Isner played the second longest match of all time in Wimbledon history yesterday.

"Nothing to complain. I think I played a great match". Clearly none of them gave up till the end, but as they say, the one who emerged a better man in the crucial moment in the game, won the game. At the same time, you know, you feel like it should be a draw. John's a great guy.

"If I had been on the opposite side, I don't know how you can take that, playing for so long and coming out short". "I apologise if I'm not more excited right now".

"I'm really, really pleased", Djokovic said.

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners. At his best, Djokovic was perhaps the only man on the planet who could feel pretty good about their chances of overcoming Nadal on any surface.

"It's feels great to be in the last four of a slam", the 12-times major victor said.

Anderson, who had the doctor on court as early as the fifth game of the match, complaining of what appeared to be dizziness, came from behind to win the first tiebreak of the match.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

Prior to their quarter-finals, the only set either player had lost was the opener by Djokovic against British No 1 Kyle Edmund in the third round.

Kerber is often referred to as "The Wall" and the 30-year-old proved so again in committing a meagre 10 errors in her semi-final demolition of Jelena Ostapenko.

Then, as is typical when it comes to matches for Isner at Wimbledon, neither he nor his opponent would relent in the fifth. Both were on clay, in Madrid previous year and in Rome as recently as May and the top seed regained his composure in the second set converting two out of three opportunities to break serve and level the last-four contest at one set apiece.

After a marathon five-set match, he won 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24. "[But] I've put myself into the finals of Wimbledon, which is half of a dream come true". He should be able to take some solace in the way he fought., but he will be replaying some of those points-the decisions to serve-and-volley, the opportunities in the fourth set.

Nadal and Djokovic were meeting for the 52nd time.

Fast facts: Nadal's 17 major singles' titles rank second behind only Roger Federer's 20 on the all-time list.

All the doomsayers against the case for Anderson winning will be putting plenty of stock on Nadal's annihilation of him in last year's US Open final.

  • Julie Sanders