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"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.

Three-time Wimbledon victor Djokovic has been waiting all day to step on to Centre Court for the other semi-final against Rafael Nadal, the match where the majority of fans would have exclusively got tickets for - they might not get to see that match now.

In one of the most epic matches in Wimbledon history, John Isner's run at this year's tournament ended in disappointment.

It is a match that featured 102 thunderbolt aces, 264 unreturned serves and 247 bone-rattling winners but none of those will stand out as much as the heart and desire of the two combatants as both tried to reach their first Wimbledon final.

After watching Isner strike a tired forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

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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.

Repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson held break points at 7-all, 10-all and 17-all. With both Anderson and Isner exhausted from their mammoth efforts on court, the discussion to abandon tradition and change rules was a hot topic in media sessions.

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right now.so many mixed emotions in getting through something like that". For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this.

Eight years ago, he was enshrined in Wimbledon folklore for winning the "endless match" - an 11 hour, five minute humdinger against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut that Isner edged 70-68 in the decider. With the score tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker was needed to separate the two players, which Anderson went on to win 8-6.

The Isner-Anderson semi-final was expected to serve as a warm-up to Friday's main event on Centre Court between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "My left heel is killing me", said Isner.

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With a spot in the Wimbledon final on the line, the two power players beat each other to a standstill in a match that stretched nearly seven hours. Because it was so late, the All England Club shut the retractable roof above the main stadium between the matches and turned on the arena's artificial lights.

"We always played in important stages, important places", said Nadal, who had a far rougher go of things in the quarterfinals than Djokovic, needing more than 4½ hours to edge Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller.

After saving two set points in the third set tiebreak, Anderson blew his first set point at 8-7 with a double fault. "If one person can't finish the other off before 12-all, then do a tie-breaker there", said Isner.

One shouted "come on someone", while another yelled "come on guys, we want to see Rafa", as the match rattled on.

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