Anderson's left-hand magic in Wimbledon's longest semi-final

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 17:36 hrs
Kevin Anderson - Wimbledon (AP photo)

​When Kevin Anderson lost his footing and fell on his backside while hitting a backhand in the men's semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday nobody would have blamed him if he did not bother getting up again.

​After all this was at 24-all in the fifth set of a semi-final against John Isner that had been going on for what seemed like forever but was in fact well past the 6-1/2 hour mark.

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But not only did Anderson jump back to his feet, the South African astonishingly switched his racket into his left hand and, gripping it half way up the handle, hit a forehand to get the ball back and take the point before he broke and then went on to win the match. It was that kind of a bonkers contest.

It was the kind of ingeniousness that was needed to break the serve-hold-serve-hold deadlock that went on for almost three hours in the deciding set alone as Anderson became the first South African man in 97 years to reach the Wimbledon final.

​History books will show that Anderson came out on top in a 7-6(6) 6-7(5) 6-7(9) 6-4 26-24 epic that lasted six hours and 36 minutes - the longest ever semi-final at Wimbledon - but those numbers fail to illustrate the astonishing feats of endurance shown by the two gladiators on the most famous stage in tennis.

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