It was a record-long marathon of a match – but after a 26-24 score in the fifth and final set, we finally have a South African in the 2018 Men’s Singles Wimbledon Final!
It was the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history – more than six-and-a-half hours, but Kevin Anderson beat John Isner of the USA to earn a place in history – and the men’s singles finals on Sunday 15 July.
South African fans were glued to their screens from 2pm on Friday afternoon – prepared to support the first SA tennis player to get this far at Wimbledon since Wayne Ferreira in the ’80s – and to enjoy a couple of hours of great tennis action.
Six-and-a-half hours later – with bitten nails and a couple of glasses of wine (for me anyway), the man who beat Roger Federer (the favourite to win this year) finally broke Isner’s serve in the fifth set after 48 games – and took the lead 25-24!
He then proceeded to only concede one point in the final game – and won the final set (and the match) 26-24 – a 50 game set that went down in history as the longest Wimbledon semi-final of all time.
We wish Kevin a great night’s sleep and a good rest on Saturday as he prepares to face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the men’s final on Sunday.