It was a gruesome battle of tennis with none of the two players willing to give up. Kevin Anderson and John Isner went on to play the longest ever semifinal in Wimbledon history as it took the two gritty players a staggering six hours and thirty-five minutes to decide the winner. It was the South African who prevailed over the American in the epic battle.

Anderson won the marathon 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 to sail through to the finals of the tournament. The fans who were waiting to get treated to Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal at the All England Club were up for a different kind of experience altogether. Anderson is now the only South African players in 97 years to reach a Wimbledon final after winning the second longest ever Grand slam match.

The match takes the third spot in the list of longest tennis matches in the history of the championships, at first place is the epic clash between John Isner def and Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 Wimbledon second round which ended in 11 hours and 5 minutes. At the second spot which was on the verge of being overtaken by Anderson vs Isner is Davis Cup 2015 1st round clash between Leonardo Mayer and Joao Souza which lasted six hours and 35 minutes.

Anderson and Isner’s marathon semifinal battle takes the third spot in the list. It was a cracker which saw the two players fight it out till the very end but it was the South African who maintained his resolute.