Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach a Wimbledon final in 97 years, and you really, really can't say he didn't earn it. Anderson beat American John Isner on Friday … 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24.
The match lasted six hours and 36 minutes, making it the second-longest singles match in Wimbledon history and the longest match in the history of the Wimbledon Centre Court, writer Ben Rothenberg noted. And lest anyone forget the unsung heroes of the match — the fans who had to sit and watch the whole thing:
Even the TV knows this is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/C2c3u06sLp
— Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33) July 13, 2018
This Isner-Anderson match has been going on for so long that Novak Djokovic is playing marbles to pass the time
(: djokernole) pic.twitter.com/MycpalCRX5
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 13, 2018
Wimbledon Center Court before Isner/Anderson v Center Court now pic.twitter.com/Iigyz5s0xm
— Jables v2.1 (@jablesbixby) July 13, 2018
Isner-Anderson match update. pic.twitter.com/FxMiwkjgna
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) July 13, 2018
Somehow, Isner has played in an even longer Wimbledon match, against France's Nicolas Mahut in 2010. That match went for more than 11 hours, with Isner defeating Mahout 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68. It took three days to complete.