Anderson in final after a marathon duel with Isner

John Isner- cropped

Eighth-seeded Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former USA college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic. Nadal said he regretted losing an opportunity to win another major title.

That match will be played with the roof open.

"It's one of the longest matches I played over the two days, I'm overwhelmed".

Defending champion Federer was two sets up and had a match point in the third against Anderson, but nearly three hours later he trudged off on the end of a seismic 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 upset.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them to deny Federer a 13th Wimbledon semi-final appearance. "At the end, you feel like this is a draw".

Of course the goal is to come back here next year.

Williams' final may have to be pushed back.

The two champions exchanged a flurry of drop shots across the match in a physical battled that lasted over five hours.

The scores on the doors give Djokovic 26 wins to Nadal's 25 but this afternoon's meeting promises the start of a new phase in the rivalry.

All the doomsayers against the case for Anderson winning will be putting plenty of stock on Nadal's annihilation of him in last year's US Open final.

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But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.

"I've said it all week, this is only my fourth tournament back". It was quite clear that there was very little to separate us, just small details.

It surpassed the four hours and 44 minutes Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro took in 2013.

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"Hopefully we can first of all play!" an exhausted Djokovic said of his fellow marathon man. Anderson, who knocked out Federer in the quarter-finals, has been on the court for 21 hours at the tournament. Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time. He is the second South African to reach the final, after Brian Norton 97 years ago.

Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last-eight at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors.

Their clash, however, may not be easy on the eye.

He had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner, who had needed treatment for blisters on his right hand, hit long.

"I think grass is her best surface".

"I'm very emotional for him being there, and my wife obviously and my whole team".

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