Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in record-breaking semi-final

American Isner reaches 1st Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon

John Isner and Kevin Anderson simply refused to lose. It was a marathon game.

The second semifinal of the day, pitting Rafael Nadal against Novak Djokovic, was easily the most highly-anticipated match of the tournament so far - and its start was delayed well over three hours as the city of London waited for either Isner or Anderson to blink.

In a marathon match which was the longest in Wimbledon semifinal history, lasting over five hours on court, Anderson was able to claw back from 2-1 back to seal the victory.

Isner came close to reaching his first Grand Slam final after winning the second and third set but Anderson came back to win the fourth set, leveling the match at 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4.

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

The match duration beats the 2012 third-round epic at Wimbledon between Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey - which lasted five hours and 31 minutes - and also smashed the previous record for the longest semi-final at SW19, when Djokovic needed four hours and 44 minutes to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

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Anderson defeated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. The 50-game final set took about three hours alone.

Each player held his next serve before Anderson broke Isner again to go up 5-4 and then proceeded to serve out the set to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory. He would go on to break the big American and then served out the match.

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