John Isner Falls in Marathon 6-Hour Match at Wimbledon

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

The boys singles semi-final between Briton Jack Draper and fifth seed Nicolas Mejia lasted four hours and 23 minutes before Draper prevailed 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 19-17.

"So I apologise if I'm not more excited right now because the mix of emotions getting through something like that is quite different". "Playing like that in those conditions is really tough on both of us", he said. "I really hope we can look at this, because at the end you don't feel great", said Anderson who has been on court for over 21 hours at these championships. Brian Norton was the last South African man to reach the final in 1921. They combined for 102 aces: 53 by Isner, 49 by Anderson.

On Friday, Isner will play in his first Grand Slam semifinal against South African Kevin Anderson - who yesterday knocked World No. 1 Roger Federer out of the tournament in a stunning upset.

Joining Sir David Attenborough in the Royal Box for the men's semifinals were a few other famous faces. Because it was so late, and with rain forecast, the All England Club shut the retractable roof above the main stadium before the second semifinal.

Experience will play a big part here for Anderson - he has been in this position before and alas he capitulated completely to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final past year, but it is a series of matches that will have served him in good stead.

The 12th-seeded Peschke and Melichar came from a break down in the final set to see off the sixth-seeded pairing of Dabrowski of Canada and Xu of China.

He has now played the two longest matches in Grand Slam history. However, Melichar and Peschke won the next two games to seal it. Two points later, Anderson had the vital break to lead 25-24 before serving out the match.

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. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty. Isner failed to convert a set point in the opener.

Draper is the first British boy to reach the singles final at Wimbledon since 2011 and is aiming to be the first British boys champion since Stanley Matthews in 1962.