Inside the numbers of the ridiculous Kevin Anderson-John Isner Wimbledon semifinal

Inside the numbers of the ridiculous Kevin Anderson-John Isner Wimbledon semifinal

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Nadal fended off one match point, serving at 7-8, with a devilish drop shot.

Discussing his upcoming final with Anderson, who came through a six-hour-and-36-minute slog with Isner on Friday, Djokovic joked: "Hopefully we can first of all play, hopefully we can get on the court!"

Anderson is the first South African man since Brian Norton in 1921 to reach the Wimbledon final.

"I mean, it's hard to pick the words, I am just going through things that flashback - the last 15 months, everything I have been through to get here, to win against the best player in the world in one of the longest matches I ever played".

Isner also holds the distinction of winning the longest match in Wimbledon history. "I think it's shown great interest for South Africa", said one man. John´s a great guy.

There were other such displays of emotion from Djokovic, who is prone to yelling at himself or at his coach. "Basically until the last shot, I didn't know if I was going to win".

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now". The suspended match resumes Saturday evening, Thailand time.

- Isner served 53 aces in the match, giving him a record 214 for the tournament. From a mental standpoint, Kevin Anderson's post-match interview with the BBC is a good indication of how draining a match like that is on the mind.

So although he may remain an outsider to win the title - Anderson is [5.70] to Djokovic's [1.20] - it would be unwise to ignore his chances completely. He played the US Open finals previous year.

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Of the 22 sets they've had available to play in their matches, they've used 17 of them, or 77%, making them one of the more likely pairings in the men's game to go the distance. Neither opponent's serve had been broken at the tournament prior to facing Anderson.

Wimbledon have to introduce tiebreaks in the fifth set because this is just ridiculous. The defeat especially stings because marathon play is nothing new to the 33-year-old American.

The match has also thrown up a very important question for Grand Slams - the need for a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Anderson broke through for a 5-3 lead in the third set, ending Isner´s run of serving invincibility at this year´s Wimbledon at 110 games.

"A couple times I lost my cool, then I lost my serve, then a set".

Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

Djokovic's path to victory was thrown a curveball as Nadal served his way back to 5-5 in the fifth, but a handful of unforced errors from the clay court king handed momentum back to the Serbian star to race through his service game and take the score to 6-5.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

The 2018 final is Anderson's second career grand slam final after making it to the US Open final a year ago before losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

"I really hope that this is a bit of a sign for Grand Slams to change this format", Anderson said after the match.

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