It took more than six hours and 30 minutes, but Kevin Anderson has finally reached the Wimbledon men’s final.
Anderson beat John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 to deny the American a spot in the final. It would have been the first Grand Slam final for Isner.
It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history. Isner, of course, was also involved in the longest match. In 2010, he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes.
Anderson will play the winner of the second semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The two took Centre Court at about 8 p.m. local time after a long wait in the locker room.
Anderson came back from two sets down to upset top seed Roger Federer in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. This is the second Grand Slam final for the South African, who was runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Andy Roddick is the last American to reach the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, losing to Federer in five sets in 2009.