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Eugene Bates | 14 July, 2018, 08:06

The match between Isner and Anderson - the first South African male to reach the Wimbledon final since Brian Norton in 1921 - featured 102 aces, with only 22 rallies going to nine points or more.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal and 12th-seeded Novak Djokovic took the court after Isner and Anderson, about 8:10 p.m. local time.

When it was all done and dusted, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration - all Anderson had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second longest match ever contested at the All England Club.

Isner has won eight of the 11 professional matches against Anderson and is projected by many to advance from this battle of two of the game's biggest servers.

Anderson had already won the first point of the game but was blown back while returning yet another of Isner's monstrous serves. The match marked the second-longest in tournament's history, behind only his meeting with Mahut.

'This Isner vs Anderson semifinal is ridiculous and nearly a waste of time, ' wrote one Twitter user. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

The crowd knew it, the spectators knew and although Isner might not be willing to admit it, Anderson did. "I have an terrible blister on my right foot".

When asked how he would recover and play in the final Sunday, Anderson said: "It's tough, I really don't know".

"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure", Isner said. He broke Isner with the match tied 24-24 in the fifth set, and then held Isner off in the 50th game. Isner also served the most number of aces among any player at 214, while Anderson is second with 172 in a single Wimbledon tournament. With the score tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker was needed to separate the two players, which Anderson went on to win 8-6.

Anderson will be hoping that is not the fate that awaits him on Sunday when he faces one of the fittest athletes in sport in the shape of either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic - who between them own 29 Grand Slam titles. That one ranks 13th in men's tennis history.

The semi-finals follow the shock exit of fan-favourite Roger Federer on Wednesday, after he was knocked out by Anderson.

Wimbledon's lack of a fifth set tiebreaker in one of the things that makes the major unique. Each man also took a turn shouting toward the crowd after capturing a set, and Isner waved a hand toward the crowd during the third-set tiebreaker to generate more cheering.

At 4-all in the fourth, it was Isner who faltered, getting broken. Anderson moved to his first Wimbledon final as Isner produced his 59th unforced error.

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