Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kevin Anderson reaches first Wimbledon final with record-breaking John Isner win

Kevin Anderson reaches first Wimbledon final with record-breaking John Isner win

As a result, where wasn't much aesthetics involved and the longest rally during the whole match was nine shots but both men had their moments of brilliance, with Anderson impressing with some of his backhand winners.

Anderson won the first set 7-6 (8/6) before Isner claimed the next two, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11) with the South African claiming the fourth 6-4 to level the semi-final. And the third-set tiebreak was a beauty.

It's his second showpiece appearance in four major tournaments after his runner-up finish in last year's US Open.

With years of familiarity between them and scant difference in their towering height and ballistics serves, Isner and Anderson traded blasts for hours without either asserting dominance.

As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.

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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. Though Raonic outgunned Isner in that respect - 31 to 25 - he was unable to see through service games as convincingly. He has reached a career-high in the rankings and on Wednesday he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, advancing the furthest he ever has in a Grand Slam tournament. That game is commemorated with a plaque on Court 18.

"In the matches I've played him, obviously taking care of your serve is the first priority".

Isner called for medical treatment early in the match on a blister that had developed on the index finger but played on. Each had a chance to close it; Isner ultimately did.

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.

The match surpassed the previous record set by another five-setter between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in a 2013 semifinal.

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