Serbia´s Novak Djokovic reacts after play was suspended during his men´s singles semi-final match against Spain´s Rafael Nadal at eleven o´clock at night, Wimbledon, July 13, 2018.
Kevin Anderson has qualified for the semi-finals of Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in his career. "I wish I had one", Djokovic said.
For now, though, let's allow Anderson the relief and joy of having won the longest Wimbledon semifinal in history by a long shot: Friday's match easily broke the previous records for number of games (72) and duration (a measly five hours and 31 minutes). The most important came with Isner serving at 24-24.
"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson told the BBC, after winning the match on his first match points as Isner hit a forehand wide.
Anderson was two sets to love up against Djokovic in the Wimbledon round of 16 back in 2015, but he won't on to lose that match.
But the South African showed no sign of discouragement and was also the fitter player on Friday even though he had had to play more than four hours on Wednesday in a 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 upset of Swiss eight-time champion Roger Federer. Between that and the energy-sapper against Isner, it's hard to imagine how Anderson will have much left for Sunday's final, his second at a major.
"These kind of matches between probably two great players, playing so well both of us, anything could happen".
They eventually stepped out under a closed Centre Court roof at around 8pm, with officials keen to avoid further disruption when darkness fell.
Djokovic forced three break points but Nadal hauled himself level and clinched the set with an ace - called out but correctly challenged - to take the match into a decider. "I really hope we can look at it and address this because at the end you don't even feel that good out there".
Djokovic got a rare gift when Nadal fired a forehand long to hand back the break but the Serbian angrily smashed his racket into his shoe when a forehand error gave Nadal a 5-3 lead.
The expectation was that the first semifinal Friday would be a tight contest filled with tiebreakers - and that's precisely what it was.
"For the first time in my life I have someone screaming, 'Daddy, daddy, '" the champion said, as the camera zoomed in on his son and wife clapping in the crowd. Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey in that 2012 third-round match.
Isner, who previously said Wimbledon had become "a house of horrors" for him since his 2010 match, had been trying to become the first American man to reach the final since Andy Roddick in 2009. I apologize if I'm not more excited right now. He played pretty well, I think, in the fifth set.
Nadal gifted a break back with a suddenly sloppy service game but when he struck again for 5-3 Djokovic's frustration boiled over and he began hammering the sole of his shoe with his racket.
Numerous best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point. I've felt better before.