Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

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It was a marathon game.

Melichar and Peschke will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 3 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic and the unseeded pair of Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Abigail Spears of the U.S.

Known for his marathon matches, the ninth-seeded Isner lost to the eight-seeded Anderson in a grueling six-hour-and-36-minute match, with the final set alone lasting for almost three hours.

South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson has reached his first Wimbledon final, beating American ninth seed John Isner 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24 in the longest semi-final in the tournament's history.

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Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final.

Anderson eventually won the tiebreaker with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court, making him the first South African male to reach a final since 1921.

The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (the previous record was 72) as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Anderson will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday.

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The opening-round match lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and took place over three days.

But moments before publication of this post, Anderson broke Isner's serve to take a 25-24 lead, and bring this match close to a merciful conclusion.

Roanic, the 13th seed, required strapping to his right thigh in the first set and had treatment later in the match, but Isner deserved this victory.

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Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace.

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