Wimbledon’s record match prompts call for change

Wimbledon’s record match prompts call for change

Wimbledon’s record match prompts call for change

Spectators cheers as Kevin Anderson reacts after defeating John Isner 26-24 in the final set of their semi-final match at Wimbledon Friday. Earlier, at 5-5, ninth seed Isner made it 100 straight service games unbroken in this year's tournament.

Andy Murray's third-round match against Marcos Baghdatis in 2012 pushed the limit to 11.02pm and the time was exactly the same when Nadal netted a backhand to give Djokovic a two sets to one lead. Both are tall - Isner's 6-foot-10, Anderson 6-foot-8 - and lanky.

The American's response was immediate, breaking straight back in the next game as Anderson served for a two sets to love lead at 5-3. The most important came with Isner serving at 24-24. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it. In a fifth set that lasted 2 hours 55 minutes, Anderson never faced a break point.

With the time approaching 10pm, that made it highly unlikely there would be a victor on Friday and both players knew how important that third set was likely to be.

But tie-breaks, as the first set demonstrated, show no respect for what has gone before.

Proceeding on serve till 4-3, the match took a turn with Anderson capitalising on an error and then with a return of high-kicking serve that he tackled at the height of his face. Finally, Isner wrapped it up 11-9 with a deep return that set up the point.

The ridiculous length of the Anderson-Isner clash left Nadal and Djokovic waiting until 8pm local time before stepping on court for their box office semi-final. This was focused tennis played at a very high level, marked by a boldness that bordered on effrontery. Isner failed to convert a set point in the opener.

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And repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-all, 30-40.

The final set was five minutes short of three hours, ending when-after many missed chances-Anderson broke Isner's.

That was played over on Court 18, which now bears a plaque commemorating the record-setter.

What has impressed us about Anderson, certainly in his match against Gael Monfils was his movement and variety he managed to throw in to get around one of the game's more flamboyant characters.

Anderson weighed in with 49 aces to reach 172 so far.

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