ICYMI at Wimbledon - A looooong semifinal and unfinished business highlight wild day

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Anderson must regroup after spending 10 hours, 50 minutes on court between his five-setters in the quarterfinals (upsetting Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set) and the semifinals.

After covering a distance of 7,288.6 feet, Anderson lost his balance and fell while returning at 15-0 on Isner's serve, got back up on his feet and hit a hasty, left-handed forehand shot to keep himself in the game.

In 2010, Isner famously won the longest tennis match of all time, beating France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set in a contest that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes, took three days to complete and featured 216 aces.

Nadal missed five break points in the decider and was eventually punished as 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic reached his first major final since the 2016 US Open.

Anderson will need to continue waiting to find out his next opponent, as Friday's later semifinal between second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal and 12th-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets due to darkness.

With 29 Grand Slam titles between them, Nadal and Djokovic's meeting was a highly anticipated match between players who have met more than any other two men in the Open era. Nadal then saved a single match point with a lovely drop shot in the following game.

"Honestly, I really hope this is a bit of a sign for grand slams to change the five sets".

After watching Isner strike a tired forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

Finally, however, Anderson's grit, athleticism and stamina - and one brilliant bout of ambidextrousness - paid off, and he clinched the match after playing the equivalent of nine sets in total, to win 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24.

It also meant that Djokovic and Nadal had been unable to finish their 52nd career clash on Friday night.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a 5th final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams. "It was clear very few things separated us".

Isner, 33, agreed with Anderson's take.

Out of the four tennis majors - the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open - fifth-set tiebreakers have been introduced only at Flushing Meadows.

The next serve of the match will be at 1pm on Saturday, which will likely delay the start of the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

If there were two tennis players prepared for this long-drawn combat, they were these two.

Isner never got a break point in the fifth set.

Anderson broke Isner for the second time in the match to move ahead in the fourth set but just like in the third was broken back immediately but the South African regained his composure to break again before a decisive hold forced a decider.

In nine years since Roddick's last Grand Slam final, USA women have reached a combined 21 Grand Slam finals (16 via Serena Williams).

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