How men’s semi-final day unfolded at Wimbledon as Kevin Anderson won a thriller

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It was a record-breaker of a day.

Kevin Anderson won a gruelling, history-making semi-final that ran for over six and a half hours to earn a place in his first Wimbledon final.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at Friday’s highlights.

Post of the day

Well it did last a long time. Six hours and 36 minutes to be precise. Perhaps a slightly unfair observation about silver-haired umpire Marija Cicak from comedian Jack Whitehall, however.

Shot of the day

At 24-24 in the fifth set Kevin Anderson slipped on the baseline and dropped his racket. He got back to his feet and played a left-handed forehand which landed in before going on to win a crucial point.


Match of the day

Records tumbled as Anderson eventually overcame John Isner in the longest Wimbledon semi-final and second-longest grand slam match in history. It finished 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24.

A good day for…


Wimbledon 2018 – Day Eleven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Jack Draper came through a marathon against Nicolas Mejia (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A bad day for…

Isner, who must now know how Frenchman Nicolas Mahut felt after he lost their 11-hour marathon 70-68 in the fifth at Wimbledon in 2010.

Quote of the day

Wimbledon 2018 – Day Eleven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
John Isner was in agony after another marathon match (Nigel French/PA)

Stat of the day

Sadly for Isner, his 214th ace was his last of the championships. Still, beating Goran Ivanisevic’s tournament record with a match to spare is some going.

Saturday’s match of the day

Wimbledon 2018 – Day Ten – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber in the women’s final (Neil Hall/PA)

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