Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in Wimbledon semifinals

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Kevin Anderson is pleading for All England Club officials to introduce deciding tiebreakers after outlasting great mate John Isner in the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history.

After taking a medical timeout after the third set, Anderson surprisingly broke Isner's serve at 2-all in the fourth.

However, Isner and Anderson are still battling it out for a place in the final - over five-and-a-half hours after they started play. In 2010 at Wimbledon, he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in a match that lasted over 11 hours and was played over three days.

He then converted his first match point when Isner sent a shot wide - after 6 hours, 36 minutes.

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Anderson will face either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday.

Anderson won the first set 7-6 (6).

A showdown between two tennis skyscrapers - with Isner topping the 6 foot 8 Anderson by two inches - predictably featured three tiebreaks and 102 thunderbolt aces but it was the 32-year-old South African who delivered the knockout blow.

Anderson had beaten 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to reach the semifinal against Isner. In his final Collegiate season in 2007, John Isner led his team towards the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship title, defeating the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 4-0 at home in Georgia. Though Raonic outgunned Isner in that respect - 31 to 25 - he was unable to see through service games as convincingly.

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