He Has a Knack for Tennis Marathons. This Time, He Lost

American John Isner is out after 6-hour-plus match with Kevin Anderson
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2018 3:07 PM CDT
In Wimbledon's 2nd-Longest Match Ever, an American Loses
Kevin Anderson of South Africa, right, meets John Isner of the US on the court after defeating him in their men's singles semifinal.   (AP Photo/Glyn Kirk, Pool)

Tennis fans will appreciate the final scoring line: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. It adds up to the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history and the second-longest match there overall, reports ESPN. In the end, South Africa's Kevin Anderson prevailed over American John Isner in the 6-hour, 36-minute marathon on Friday. It took only 99 games, three tiebreakers, and five sets. Anderson will play either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final. How's this for a weird footnote: The longest match in tennis history lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, and Isner was part of that one, too—as the victor over Nicolas Mahut in 2010. (More Wimbledon stories.)

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