Anderson Tops Isner In Wimbledon Marathon Semifinal; Djokovic Leads Nadal Before Curfew
by Staff | July 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm
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For tournaments without a final set tiebreaker, put John Isner on Centre Court at your own peril. The American giant did it again, smashing records at Wimbledon with another epic marathon. Eight years after his 11 hour, 3 minute saga with Nicolas Mahut, Isner found himself on Centre Court for a first time and facing another big server in Kevin Anderson.

Isner had led his collegiate rival 8-3 winning their last five. But Isner was playing his first Grand Slam semifinal while the South African was in his second after making the US Open final.

Few breaks of serve were expected and that how things went early. Both controlled the match with their serves with Anderson getting the first set, Isner grabbing the second, both in tiebreakers.

In the third, Anderson drew blood breaking Isner for the first time all tournament, snapping a streak of 110 service holds. But serving to take the third, Anderson folded up 5-3, 30-15.

Isner took the breaker and seemingly took control. But serving in the fourth, Isner got a shock break, however Anderson would give it right bad. Incredibly, Anderson would get another break and this time he closed out the fourth to force a fifth.

With no breaker in the fifth, it was anyone’s guess what would happen. Isner served first forcing Anderson to have to serve from behind. But Anderson had no issues, Isner would.

However the American kept escaping 0-30 hole after 0-30 hole. Finally, at 24-24, Isner went down 0-40 and with his legs wobbling, Anderson finally broke on his second chance. And like he did Wednesday, Anderson closed it for a 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-7(9), 6-4, 26-24 victory in 6 hours, 36 minutes.

“Playing like that in those conditions was really tough on both of us,” Anderson said. “At the end you feel like it’s a draw but someone has to win.

John is such a great guy and I really feel for him. I don’t know how you could take that, playing so long and coming up short. Congratulations to him on such a great tournament. Semis here is a remarkable achievement and I know he can come back stronger very soon.”

The match was the second longest ever at a Slam, and so to was the 50-game fifth set, both coming up short to the Isner-Mahut epic.

“You’re really in a war of attrition out there,” said Anderson. “It’s way beyond a normal tennis match or tactics. I mean, it’s just who’s going to outlast each other… [But] I’ve put myself into the finals of Wimbledon, which is half of a dream come true.”

Isner pounded 53 aces but in the end his body was breaking down.

“I feel pretty terrible,” said Isner. “My left heel is killing me. I have an awful blister on my right foot. I’ve felt better before. A few days’ rest, maybe more than that, and I’ll recoup and try to get all healed up again.

“Hats off to Kevin. He stayed the course incredibly well, played very well. It was a good win for him. He earned it, so. He played pretty well, I think, in the fifth set. I didn’t have many chances.”

Anderson, who saved a match point against Federer, will await the Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic winner.

With the Anderson match running long, the main event between Rafa and Novak didn’t start until after 8pm. And it did so with the roof shut as light was fading. But, per Wimbledon town rules, no play can continue past 11pm. And that’s what happened.

Djokovic raced out to a strong opening set, but Nadal found his bearings and his forehand in the second. The third was tight all the way, and the with the clock approaching 11, the two played one of their best tiebreakers won by Djokovic 11-9 after saving two set points.

So Djokovic will lead 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9) when the two resume play Saturday afternoon at 1pm.


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114 Comments for Anderson Tops Isner In Wimbledon Marathon Semifinal; Djokovic Leads Nadal Before Curfew

el_matador Says:

well i fell asleep in the 3rd set of the serve-fest😂..woke up in the start of the 3rd set of rafole..I would reget it if I couldn’t wake up..that set reminded me of 2011-12 when every match between these 2 was a WAR👌😍


el_matador Says:

chofer,
I was scrolling through the other thread & u said that u only want one thing,delpo to win one more slam..well I want that too badly but I wont give a damn if he doesn’t..he’s quite special & if he doesn’t win another slam,it would be a loss of the tennis world,not his..maybe I have a “loser” mentality but I’m not that much obsessed with winning


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Staff,

Always remember to put the loser’s picture on the front page. That’s the way to stay relevant.

(I fully understand if you don’t have many pictures of the nameless South African guy).


el_matador Says:

one more thing chofer,
u said that nalby wasn’t a hard worker..I agree with that..but he would play a davis cup match for argentina even with a broken leg..& I know tennis is not a team sport but I only fell in love with tennis because of nalbandian,coria,gaudio,monaco etc(as they were argentine😂)..tennis is an allien game to the people in ma country..when I started watching it,all would tell me “WTH are u watching?”..

so nalbandian will always be GOAT to me..when he wanted to play,he could spank anybody,even the mighty Federer..Nalby is a true “rockstar” to me..


Margot Says:

A N D E R S O N! Yay!
el_matador: it’s great that tennis is full of quirky extraordinary players, Safin was one such too. Why I like Kyrgios too, infuriating tho he often is.


Nitesh Says:

So coming to today’s unfinished business. I want it to go to 5 set but not an extended one.Nadal missed his chance in third set otherwise with open roof he would have his work easy today.Now if Nadal starts slowly today he will be gone quickly.
Now remembring an old rain interupted match @ french open between the two.
Djokovic had the momentum then came rain.
Next day it’s all sunny & shinny Nadal wind.
Let’s see what happens today.
Clay – Grass
Apple – Orange


Van Persie Says:

Nole was favoured yesterday by 2 things: closed roof and a Rafa after a clash against DelPo. Nole went through such semis in 2013. And I never said Andy deserved the trophy less because Nole was done.

Should Nole prevail today, it will be well earned. He played well at this Wimbly.

Amazing match. Amazing battle between these 2 titans of tennis. I missed it soo much..

Whoever wins this match, should win the title, my pov. Hope it will be Nole though ;)

Nole idemooo!


Van Persie Says:

The break after the 3rd set is also welcomed by Nole. Nole looked more tired than Rafa at the end, imo. Had the match continued, I think Rafa would have been very determined to win the 4th.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: Rafa will still be very determined to win the 4th!!!!! Tiebreak coming….


Van Persie Says:

JK,

But so will Djoko, he will not be relaxed. Hope he will serve as he did yesterday. Djoko to win the 4th, imo. I could be also wrong;) We will see


Van Persie Says:

Yesterday Djoko would have been more relaxed in a possible 4th. Rafa will be as determined as he was yesrerday, for sure.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: Very true…..

However, I think one can see the ferocity and determination in Rafa a bit more than you can see it in Novak….(apart from his eyes).


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I agree with what you said above. Also Rafa always looked more passionatw than Nole.
Yesterday I could notice : Rafa is the fitter player from these 2 atm, Nole was mentally stronger.


Amit Says:

Hopefully djokovic wins the 4th set and match asap.


Amit Says:

Nadal winning the semi with 5th set score of 100-98 would be good as well! 😉😈


Giles Says:

Play will resume at 1 pm today UNDER THE ROOF as joker and team have asked for this format! Pfffffft


Margot Says:

Why on earth under the roof? Bizarre.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Giles this rule doesn’t even make sense ,it says play should resume the way it started, so why they use when play starts without roof? Roof is gor rain and badlight? Wby use it when its sunny day. Nadal would have killed Djokovic without roof, this wimby ball is bouncing very high byt roof all destroyed it. Rafa also did make mistake, he went cross court on set point and many big points in set 3 when he should have went forehand down the line and this shot worked all the time. Rafa was better player in set 3 still he choked. I dont think Djokovic was doing anything special .


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Giles its not an indoor tournament and roof should be used only when its rain and badlight. Nothing nothing went for Rada, he was playing better and Djokovic tired then match halted and guess what under same roof next dat wtf is this?? Why not finish it if you have muh roof and light?


Tennisfan20 Says:

nadals ball lost half bounce and topspin last night. I hope his team ask him to go all out , last night nadals fdtl was working so well yet he went for cross court on many big points. I dont know what his team is doing


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Giles why did Rafa agree to close the roof in the 1st place? Did he have any choice regarding start of play?


Tennisfan20 Says:

Funny how every tournament is tying best to ensure Roger holds slam title. In AO they closed the roof even if it wasn’t raining and this bs wimbledon rule.


Giles Says:

TF20. Wimby decided to close the roof at the start of play last night. They had no business todo so as it was still light and the players could have started the match outdoors.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Giles i know but under the rule did player have to agree for the roof?if yes then Rafa did a mistake. Yes it was enough light when they closed the roof.


AndyMira Says:

Actually,i don’t blame Novak if he wants to continue to play under the roof today…Everybody knows that he & Fed likes indoor & their results proved that… BUT,i do blame the stupid old geriatrics who runs TAETC who still sticks to the stupid tradition…just like last nite when they postponed the match at 11pm for the reason don’t want to disturb the locals surrounding..At AO,they can play till the chicken hatch & won’t be disturb until we have the winner…Like i said last nite..it’s terrible rules & scheduling…

They knew the match Anderson/Isner has the potential to go the distance..and yet the put them in the 1st match…Even tho,Rafa/Nole r more elitist than the other,and should be consider the main priority…And Court 1 is there to be used..but they didn’t do anything about it!…And they make a fool of themselves again today by closing the roof…For some stupid reason too that they already play under the roof last nite!…Even tho,the sun shining so bright outside!And what’s more…Serena/Kerber match will be playing under the sun!…


Tennisfan20 Says:

Ffs Roof has nothing to do with tradition , get real. This rule is stupid. It says if play must resmue under same condition it resumed , then why bring roof when play start outdoor?? Roof should have only one purpose 1-bad weather 2- bad light. I have nothing against Novak but i dont think he could’ve handled Rafa this Wimbledon the way balls were bouncing high and taking bite off ground. Roof was clearly in Rafa mind and it impacted his game in 3rd set. Only a miracle can save Rafa today.


Tennisfan20 Says:

I hope Rafa boycott Wimbledon from next year. Soon with Federer on last leg and Rafa boycotting Wimbledon this tournament will be contested by 2nd tier players.


AndyMira Says:

Then u have to ask the stupid rulers at Wimby Tf20!..Why they closed the roof in the 1st place!!!


el_matador Says:

yeah..stopping play at 11pm is quite hilarious..australian open matches sometimes go till even 4 am..australian open may be the least “prestigious”(I dnt know what that even means) but its my most favourite gs as it’s “wild”..& their scheduling is the best..all 4 quarters in rod laver arena in different times so we can watch every match👌..tired of wimbledon & its “tradition” bollocks


Tennisfan20 Says:

You should learn to read 1st ,i replied about how roof has nothing to with tradition as you claimed and tradition did no sht yesterday, it was bad scheduling and bad bs rule.


Giles Says:

The 11 pm curfew is in place so that the neighbourhood around Wimby do not see too much disruption.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Giles what you think about Nadal not employing fhdtl in tiebreak on set point and on 3 points he was in rally ? His fhdtl was working so well. Win or lose he should throw caution outta play and go all out.


Mystic - Willow Says:

No problem with the 11 pm curfew, just dont understand the roof when it wasnt even raining, on the other hand yeah understand perfectly well hmmm


el_matador Says:

I heard that “no play in mid sunday” is also because of the convenience of the neighbourhood..if they can live up with it for 14 days,I don’t know what difference a 1 day break makes..


j-kath Says:

It is the local Council who forbids play after 11.00pm. Some of the reasons are concerned with transport difficulties for such huge crowds.
Not sure about reason for “no play mid sunday” – maybe Margot knows?


el_matador Says:

I dnt get my head around how rafa makes these insane bh passes like bread & butter


Daniel Says:

Second point represent Yesterday: Djoko attacking but not comi g to the net to finish wating ball to kick untill Nadal can counter attack.


Daniel Says:

Mid Sunday is to recover grass JK and not beyond 11 pm is a neighborhood thing


Daniel Says:

2nd first serve retunr winner by Djoko this game alone. He should go for it more often


el_matador Says:

thanks daniel for clearing the mid Sunday thing..


el_matador Says:

this game is insane..


Daniel Says:

Even Nadal is chasing shots at net to finsh with volleys and djoko still only in the baseline, if he doesn’t attack the net Nadal will exhaust him. Nadal super agreesive a break up afert saving that 12 min first game.


Daniel Says:

Middle court, he tentative didn’t go to the net and got back.


Margot Says:

These two could certainly give the youngsters lessons in desire and dedication.
Loving the variety in Rafa’s game. How it’s changed over the years and his speed on the grass is amazing. He’s come out really aggressively today, only way to win.
Hate this stupid “let” rule, time it was abolished.


Daniel Says:

Nadal trying to keep the super agreesive mode on but misses 3 FH long. Djoko broke back agyer holding to love with all 1st serves in. Let’s see if he will hold easy now also to level the set 3-3


Daniel Says:

Finally a volley by Djoko!


Daniel Says:

12-2 for Djoko last 3 games


Margot Says:

Come on Rafa! We all want a 5th set…except Nole fans of course…;)


Daniel Says:

Again many shots to attack the net and he refuses.


el_matador Says:

agree about the “let” rule margot..they should get rid of it..
will rafa break now & serve for the set?..


C!P! Says:

the level of play today ,much lower ,they both seem fearful!


Daniel Says:

0-40 and Djoko can’t break. This will go five


Van Persie Says:

But Rafa is more in the match as Nole. think we will have a 5th


C!P! Says:

he may have won the set ,but i dont like what im seeing from Nadal


Van Persie Says:

5th it is, Nole hoped that Rafa would miss more.
Nole needs another game plan. Pure baseline game will not work


Margot Says:

Thank you Rafa xxxxxxxxx


C!P! Says:

why is Djoko looking so many times at the roof ,i wonder if he regrets his decision ?!


Daniel Says:

Fifth it is. Unbelievable Djoko wasn’t able to break back with triple BP.

At least Djoko serving first fifth ser but everybody who served first lost: Federer x Anderson, DelPo vs nadal and Isner vs Anderson. Now Djoko???

Nadal better, more agressive, atracking net, slicing better, attacking Djoko’s second serve everytime he can. To me he takes the fifth is they both continue this way. Unless Djoko start flattenung hos shots nad attacking mroe because playing all the points excalty the same won’t cut it.


Daniel Says:

The positive for Djoko os that he had chances to break nadal in 3 games and only broke once. So he is getting there. Negative is that he wasn’t able to hold a game he faced BP being broken twice and holding easy the others.

He needs an early break asap


C!P! Says:

i dont understand how he doesnt breaks his ankles doing those streches like that! its like he is made of steel!


Nits Says:

Please provide me link for live streaming going for work can’t miss during the ride


Amit Says:

Nadal shall win this match.. he is playing better


Daniel Says:

Last 3 Slam matches Nadal lost were 5 sets: AO 17 to Federer, Wimby 17 to Muller and AO 18 to Colic


Daniel Says:

Djokovic 3-16 in BPs. If break Now Wills
Serve for the match


Daniel Says:

Not breaking and getting broke Now. Sensing it


C!P! Says:

hold the serve Rafa ! pleeaasee!


Daniel Says:

This is a moral lifting game. Saved 2 BP’s even coming to Net. Now Nadal eu serve under huge pressure down 4-5 and knowing oportunities lost plus last game having to save BP himself


Daniel Says:

0-30 2 points away. This is It!


Margot Says:

And Castle tells us “this sport is actually really difficult to play.” Who knew Andrew?
#drivel


Van Persie Says:

Tense match :)


BBB Says:

What a service game. Such a thrill to see these guys battle like this.


Daniel Says:

WTF was that, 4 unretutnable First serves in a ele by Nadal down 0-30


BBB Says:

Apparently providing intelligent commentary is equally difficult?


Margot Says:

^ Nice one BBB!
Dream team of Boris and Andew?….no!


Margot Says:

Au contrare VP -very exciting match! ;)


BBB Says:

You are probably not subjected to Pam Shriver in your neck of the woods. My anti-dream team in the comment booth would be Pam Shriver and Andrew Castle. I would probably switch to baseball. Or pulling my nails out with tweezers.


Van Persie Says:

Haha Margot,

Am not used to it anymore to endure such matches from Djoko :D
It is really hard


Daniel Says:

Apart from those back to back games each had BP they are holding rather easy. Djokovic slight easier than Nadal as a few Nadal games he made ti to 30.

If Djokovic can setting a few returns


Margot Says:

No we don’t have to “endure” PS, BBB, but we did have one Aussie female commentator who kept calling poor Jamie, “Andy!” Settled for “Murray” in the end, a lot safer.
VP: as an Andy fan, as you know, I understand “tense” only too well!


Daniel Says:

Second time Nadal os down and he is able to hit 3 First serves in painting the lines.


j-kath Says:

Ah Margot – Dear Andrew Castle was talking about himself
when he said it was a difficult game – poor wee soul.

Daniel: Yes, it is a neighbourhood thing but it is also a local Council law for that reason – they could be fined.

BBB: Andrew Castle has a medical condition – its called diarrhea of the mouth syndrome.


Van Persie Says:

I know, Margot :)
Wish you to watch tennis matches like this again :)


Margot Says:

Thank you VP. What a nice thought you sent me :)
Kath: He’s a idiot,no doubt.


Daniel Says:

Djokovic can hit a first serve in ad side


Van Persie Says:

I mean including Andy in them, sorry ;)


Daniel Says:

If only he played like this game all match. História shots had way more Power. Hitting BH Cross Court. Hei should be more agressive on returning and stop Just goign to middle baseline to neutralize the point. Follow Nadal who is taking more risks


BBB Says:

These guys are nuts. I love ‘em both.


C!P! Says:

i love Rafa but he deserves to lose this match ,too many opportunities lost ! playing stupid!


Van Persie Says:

Love them tooo, BBB, wish sometimes I was not a fan from one of them….


BBB Says:

VP, you and me both. I am overly invested in Djoker for reasons that remain inexplicable to me. I can’t even watch his service games.


Margot Says:

VP: I knew you meant that :)
Insane match. They are fantabulous!


Daniel Says:

Nadal vrace drop shot down MP on the line. Its a shot that euther you are briliant or stupid.

Djoko hold rather easy 9-8. Nadal serving under pressure again. How long will he hold if Djoko keeps holding against the best returner


Daniel Says:

Now Djoko drop shoting. 0-30


Daniel Says:

Hope Nadal is not hurting after that fall on his right hip.

Djoko finally back in a slam final and Nadal showing he still is the man to beat in Slams, losong only in 5 sets last 4 Slams he loss.

Djoko saving Fed’s record for 1 more tourney, at least the Fedal duopoly in Slam is broken for the time being.

Hope Djoko get #13 tomorrow and maybe even USO to stir the pot. And both him and Anderson recover for tomorrow. But with the amount of 5 sets classic we got this Wimbledon I want a staright set win tomorrow😜


Margot Says:

Well payed Nole! I can hear you shrieking with joy from here VP :) Just would not yield! HE’S BACK! Nothing against Anderson, but hope Nole wins the Slam now.
Well played Rafa too, so sorry AM and other fans, huge hugs to you all.
Fantastic match, that and Rafa v JMDP, were the best I’ve seen for ages and ages, and it’s been a privilege to watch them.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Novak fans….. and what a great match we just witnessed! These two are so close to each other in talent. Rafa had his chances but Novak was the better player today!


Humble Rafa Says:

Tough day at work. Congrats to the Egg Lover for the win. He was better towards the end.

Thanks for all your support. Now, I will go back to just being Number 1 in the world.


Van Persie Says:

Chin up you Rafans, your guy had an amazing 2017 and 208…..He’s Nr. 1..he was tired, but he was amazing!

To Nole, am sooo happy…..I can’t believe it. 2nd time that I am crying for Nole. Was even sweeter than the FO 2016.

BBB, our guy is in the final :)


Van Persie Says:

Now, do not care who wins! Gooo Angie!! Goo Serena!…Good luck.. Am really tired to watch!


AndyMira Says:

Thanks M!…


j-kath Says:

VP, BBB and other Novak fans: Many, many congrats….so very pleased to see him back to winning ways.

And to the loyal, always cheerful Rafa fans: Okiegal, Andy-Mira, Willow, Humble and many others…Rafa was so so close…he was amazing…he played with grit and intensity….lots to be proud of.


BBB Says:

VP, I’ve really, really enjoyed watching him slowly remember who he is. He’s taken all the missed opportunities from the past few tournaments and built on them instead of retreating.

I know the fans were boorish during the Edmund match, but I think it helped him enormously. He was angry and put out, and he’s always, always better when he’s in that frame of mind.

If he needed Pepe to get through whatever he was going through, it’s not for me to criticize. Tennis is not more important than life. But I’ll be pleased if whatever was wrong is now right, and he can carry on.

I like Angie but I have to root for Serena. Margaret Court makes enormously unkind comments, and I want her dethroned.


gonzalowski Says:

congrats to all Nole fans,
what a great player; that last game Rafa played bad, maybe tireness yes…

thanks to both of them for a great match,
Rafa very good, but Nole was the best again,
kudos to him!!!

A pleasure to see Kate and Meghan ;) pretty girls!


j-kath Says:

Daniel:
https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/988730/Rafael-Nadal-Novak-Djokovic-break-Wimbledon-curfew-punishment-Anderson-Isner

This is one of the “chatty” UK nwspapers – I’ve copied the bit about the Wimbledon time rule – simply just to let you read their approach….I actually do remember the other match they refer to when we counted down on Andy Murray….


RZ Says:

Only 10-8 in the 5th? Slackers! :-)

Looking forward to watching Angie vs Serena


Van Persie Says:

BBB,

I had many doubts that Djoko could play like this again…happy he proved me wrong. He has still a lot to improve, but this was a huuuuge step. He’s back, he want to be competitive again.

Regarding Serena, have nothing against for her to win more slams, I consider her GOAT in WTA already, even if I do not like her. I like her sister though. Always prefered Venus over Serena or Maria.

Thank to all for the congrats!

Out for celebrating now


Daniel Says:

Thanks for the article JK


FedExpress Says:

Get in Nole. Bye bye Rafa.


Giles Says:

^^ Lol. I said my goodbyes to fed already.


j-kath Says:

Okey-doke Daniel.


Okiegal Says:

Thanks JK! I thought they both played amazing!


ChrisFord1 Says:

Glad the most recent meeting of The Gladiators was yet another classic and unavoidable, a heartbreaker for the Other guy who played well enough to win against, I think, anyone else inc. Roger this tournament.
And while he lost to his Nemesis, Rafa didn’t lose any of his fans, inc. those of us who rooted for Novak but love Rafa for who he is.
Props to Delpo&Rafa for the other classic match from this Wimbledon.


Mystic - Willow Says:

^ Rafa didnt lose any fans, why would he ?, he and Federer are the most loved players on the ATP ^

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