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Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.

That point ended up actually setting up the winning break for Anderson. "Somebody has to win". I called & spoke to Kevin Anderson & wished him the best of luck & told him that we are all rooting for him.

Isner was bidding to become the first US man to make a Grand Slam singles final since Andy Roddick at 2009 Wimbledon, to end the nation's longest drought in his 41st career Grand Slam. What is the point of pushing physical limits in a match that will anyway be decided by the smallest of margin? "I am just going through things, flashbacks to the last 15 months and everything I've done to get here, to the final against one of the best players in the world, one of the longest matches of my career". He's playing I think his second grand slam final.

Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will face Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the final in 97 years, for the title after a 5-hour 15-minute marathon.

The match lasted so long that the other men's semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets because it was so late in the evening.

The duo resumed their match at 13:00 GMT yesterday afternoon as the Wimbledon curfew forced the showdown to be postponed on Friday.

After splitting the first two sets, Djokovic and Nadal played to a tiebreaker in the third set.

Fans in stands expressed due appreciation for Isner and Anderson's effort and skill - to a point.

"It's long overdue", Isner said.

Let's start with the score: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9) 6-4, 26-24.

The 12-time grand slam victor, who will face Anderson in Sunday's men's singles final at the All England Club, says those battles played out in his head after the win.

Sets one and two were all about sending down their trademark rocket serves on grass, keeping the rallies short, getting points on errors and holding on serve till the tiebreak. "They're pretty antsy for us to get off the court". Two shots later, Isner sent his forehand wide to go 0-30 down on serve. I don't think it's right.

It led to the unusual situation of both players leaving the court to a huge ovation - and applauding the fans in return - but without there being a clear victor or loser.

The 2018 Wimbledon men's final will be broadcasted in the US exclusively on ESPN. "I really feel for John", added Anderson, who has now made his second final at a Slam after finishing runner-up to Nadal at last year's US Open. His performance matched his flawless season as he won his third Grand Slam of the calendar year.

This has been a career year for Isner.

Given that the last tournament he won was in Eastbourne in 2017, Djokovic has been in anything but good form. But they grew restless once the match passed the five-hour mark, sighing and groaning with each failure to break serve. At least Isner left with a record 214 aces for the tournament, breaking Goran Ivansevic's mark of 213 from his wild-card title run in 2001.