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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
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)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Wimbledon stories.)

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