Anderson, Isner in second-longest Wimbledon singles match

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Playing in his 41st career major tournament and first ever major semifinal, the former Georgia star and national champion fell to Kevin Anderson of South Africa in five epic sets on Friday at the All England Club. It was a marathon game. Because of the length, the second semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began with the Centre Court roof closed and started after 8 p.m. local time.

Isner had already featured in the longest men's tennis match in history, when he beat French player Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 Wimbledon championship, taking the final set on a scarcely believable scoreline of 70-68.

The 32-year-old is the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years.

Anderson survived a incredible endurance test in the semi-finals on Friday, beating John Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes.

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 also played an extended fifth set in the quarterfinals, eliminating eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set.

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Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

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

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

Isner then fell behind 0-30 three separate games on his own serve, including facing one break point, before coming back to hold.

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

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