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John Isner and Kevin Anderson played a six-hour match in the Wimbledon semifinal due to a fifth set that refused to end.

The match was the second-longest in professional tennis history, behind only Isner's record-setting 11-hour, five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

"I personally don't see the added value or benefit compared to the U.S. Open where we're playing tiebreaks in the fifth set", added Anderson, the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final in 97 years.

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He will go on to play the victor of the semifinal game between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Men's final.

The reason the match went on for so long comes down to one of Wimbledon's quirks - a five-set match can not end on a tiebreaker, a tradition shared at the French Open and the Australian Open.

"Just playing like that in those conditions, it was really tough for both of us".

John Isner is 8-3 in his career against Kevin Anderson. But Rafa has won the last two in straight sets. "I'm not going to hang my hat on that, for sure", he said.

But that break in the eighth game of the third set did not hurt anything like the moment when he finally slapped a tired forehand wide at 7.46pm local time to surrender his title hopes.

When asked how he would recover and play in the final Sunday, Anderson said: "It's tough, I really don't know". The defeat especially stings because marathon play is nothing new to the 33-year-old American.

Their 12-year rivalry stands at 26-25 in favor of Djokovic, but those numbers don't reflect the topsy-turvy nature of the on-court relationship between the Spaniard and the Serb.

Novak Djokovic was leading Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m., the curfew at the All England Club.

Although the All England Club has a retractable roof with lights, in the past it has stopped play for the day at 11 p.m. local time in order not to disturb its residential neighbors in southwest London.

"I think grass is her best surface".

Her parents, Karla and Mark McKinley, are there as well, in addition to a sizable group of family and friends who came to support Isner (and presumably to be there in case someone else decides to join the fun in London). Isner served to start the fifth set, for which there is no tiebreaker, and both players continued to hold serve game after game.

Anderson had nearly surely forced the game back to deuce with a close-range dink over the net, but a exhausted Isner somehow stormed across the court to slam home a passing victor.

After saving two set points in the third set tiebreak, Anderson blew his first set point at 8-7 with a double fault.

Djokovic missed a return as the clock ticked to 11pm but on the final lung-busting rally it was Nadal who faltered.