Former Illini Anderson advances to Wimbledon final

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The victor of Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic awaits Anderson in Sunday's final.

Ann Scott tweeted: 'Does anyone else find the Anderson/Isner match boring?

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory.

Anderson suggested in the aftermath that change was needed at the Grand Slams to stop players from being forced to keep playing for so long.

It's very likely now that the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will now be delayed from its usual 2pm start.

Carried by this momentum, John grabbed the tie break 11-9 after saving two break points, clinching another marathon set to move closer to his first Grand Slam final.

And they were somewhat right, with numerous aces from both athletes, but at 10-10 in the final set tiebreaker, American giant Isner had the advantage, and what he did next was a thing of beauty.

These victories certainly cannot be viewed as a positive for subsequent rounds, although it's probably fair to say that if one player can be fresh after a five-hour match, it will be Nadal.

The following year, Nadal downed the Serb, who was world number one at the time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in the semifinals in Paris, this time in four hours and 37 minutes. He saved three set points in the tiebreaker, then converted his second set point when Nadal netted a backhand. Isner leads their head to head 8-3, and he has won their last five meetings; the last time Anderson turned the tables against his fellow flamethrower was in 2012.

The three-time Wimbledon remains the only player on the ATP Tour capable of defeating the pair on their favoured surfaces and he relished the cooler conditions.

Twitter was abuzz with jokes that the Anderson-Isner match could well stretch beyond the 70-68 final-set scoreline that Isner won with over Mahut eight years ago.

Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from continuing ad infinitum.

On what turned out to be the longest-ever semi-final day at Wimbledon, Anderson still had no idea who he would play in Sunday's final as Djokovic led Nadal by two sets to one when play was halted at 11.02pm on a floodlit Centre Court. Or that a former Pakistani prime minister was arrested? - but observers at Centre Court were treated to a spectacle tough to pry their eyes from.

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now". The third-set tiebreak between Djokovic and Nadal finished at 11:02 p.m., and an announcement was made immediately that play had been suspended.

Could we be about to see the sixth and last break of a match that would end up with 90 holds?

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