When Kevin Anderson lost his footing and fell on his backside while hitting a backhand on John Isner's serve in the men's semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday nobody would have blamed him if he did not bother getting up again.
Anderson became the first South African male to reach the final since 1921 with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court.
The match was also just shorter than a Davis Cup first-round match between Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and Brazil's Joao Souza, which went on for six hours and 43 minutes in 2015r.
"I really hope this a sign for grand slams to change this format. You're never really safe", Roger Federer said of Anderson after his five-set loss Wednesday to the former Illini.
In 2010 at Wimbledon, Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut played the longest match ever.
WIMBLEDON, England-When John Isner and Kevin Anderson walked on to Centre Court for their semifinal match on Friday, everyone knew they would play for hours.
Anderson, who graduated from the University of IL, came through another marathon match to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, winning their fifth set 13-11.
Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a fifth final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams.
Krejcikova and Siniakova missed two chances to serve out the first set from 5-2 up, but regained their composure to break once more at 5-5 and served out at the third attempt. The Spaniard converted two out of three opportunities to break serve in the second set. The fifth set alone contained the number of games that would typically take up four sets.
Wimbledon's lack of a fifth set tiebreaker in one of the things that makes the major unique.
The right-handed Anderson slipped and fell, but scrambled back to his feet in time to hit a return left-handed and continue the point before Isner eventually pushed a forehand just wide. "They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said.
Isner did, however, break the record of the most serves at a tournament - beating Goran Ivanisevic's 213 on his way to the Wimbledon back in 2001.
Where is Kevin Anderson vs John Isner taking place? . "I say that because our rivalry, what have you, goes back way before the pro tour. I don't know", Isner said.