Anderson keeps Wimbledon dream alive, reaches final

John Isner celebrates his win

Despite losing the first set John Isner won the next three and romped home emphatically Credit John Walton PA

Prediction: Anderson in four sets.

While one might think that such a closely fought match was an enthralling display of athleticism, as the game teetered back and forth in the fifth set, the opposite was true. The Serbian 12th seed fired five aces and 14 winners.

If he does, Isner will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final. Nadal is the most recent major victor, having taken home his 11th title at the French Open last month.

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

Anderson agreed, adding: 'I really hope we can address this'.

Anderson, who had dethroned eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals in a five-set thriller, advanced to his second grand slam finals.

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"I've known John for such a long time, he is a great guy". I'm definitely going to have to recover as much as I can. Before today, that match held the title of longest ever Wimbledon semi-final. In the six-plus hour match, he served 53 aces and hit 129 winners.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka beat the British pair of Jay Clarke and Harriet Dart 6-2 6-2 to storm into the mixed doubles final. But Anderson has broken serve more than Isner, with 18 returning games won to the American's 15.

The American's response was immediate, breaking straight back in the next game as Anderson served for a two sets to love lead at 5-3.

After winning the first set, Anderson then lost the following two sets, with the first three sets all needing a tie-breaker to separate the two men.

How do you sum up Kevin Anderson and John Isner's Wimbledon semi-final? The former Bulldog broke right back to even the set once again.

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That match spanned three days, while this one looked set to run all night at one stage, having begun shortly after 1pm. Isner beat Mahut: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break in 49 games.

A 19th ace of the match bailed American Isner out of a potentially hard situation. Isner took that set on his third chance, when Anderson flubbed a forehand.

The 33-year-old American´s composure wasn´t helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling.

Anderson will play again in the final on Sunday - hopefully there, a victor will be decided in four sets or less.

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