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The other men's semifinal features two big servers bidding for a first major championship: Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner of the U.S.

ESPN commented the match lasted longer than the original Star Wars trilogy at a combined total of 6 hours, 19 minutes.

Anderson would create that turning moment when he resorted to using his non-dominant hand to win a point after tumbling to the grass.

This one seems rather tidy by comparison: Anderson won 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. He can play a net game and now is the time to choose to, to mix things up. "Obviously not a conscious thought", Anderson said.

"I feel pretty awful. Obviously that ended up being pretty key for me".

It is a match that featured 102 thunderbolt aces, 264 unreturned serves and 247 bone-rattling winners but none of those will stand out as much as the heart and desire of the two combatants as both tried to reach to a first Wimbledon final.

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

Kevin Anderson is pleading for Wimbledon officials to introduce fifth-set tiebreakers after outlasting marathon man John Isner in the longest grand slam semi-final in history.

"You nearly want to it end", former champion John McEnroe said on the BBC.

"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.

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As it became clear that Isner was due for another endless fifth set, tennis fans were far from delighted.

"I think it's long overdue".

"If one person can't finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker there".

The 33-year-old American is best known, of course, for beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of an 11-hour, 5-minute match that was contested over three days in Wimbledon's first round in 2010.

"That's no consolation to me".

"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure". It's more just disappointed to lose. Not only is he advancing to the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career at Wimbledon, he and his wife, Highland Park native Madison McKinley, are expecting their first baby girl.

After Anderson dropped the second set on a tiebreak despite making only one unforced error, a see-saw third set full of momentum changes followed, with both men creating chances, but unable to take them.

He'll face either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

After taking out Roger Federer in remarkable fashion, 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson was forced to go the distance once again and he triumphed in remarkable fashion.


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