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How men’s semi-final day unfolded at Wimbledon as Kevin Anderson won a thriller

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It was a record-breaker of a day.

Fans applaud after Kevin Anderson's dramatic win

Kevin Anderson won a gruelling, history-making semi-final that ran for over six and a half hours to earn a place in his first Wimbledon final.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at Friday’s highlights.

Post of the day

Well it did last a long time. Six hours and 36 minutes to be precise. Perhaps a slightly unfair observation about silver-haired umpire Marija Cicak from comedian Jack Whitehall, however.

Shot of the day

At 24-24 in the fifth set Kevin Anderson slipped on the baseline and dropped his racket. He got back to his feet and played a left-handed forehand which landed in before going on to win a crucial point.

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Match of the day

Records tumbled as Anderson eventually overcame John Isner in the longest Wimbledon semi-final and second-longest grand slam match in history. It finished 7-6 (8/6) 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (9/11) 6-4 26-24.

A good day for…

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Wimbledon 2018 – Day Eleven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Jack Draper came through a marathon against Nicolas Mejia (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Anderson, obviously. But British youngster Jack Draper was involved in his own marathon and came through 19-17 in the decider against Nicolas Mejia of Colombia to reach the boys’ singles final.

A bad day for…

Isner, who must now know how Frenchman Nicolas Mahut felt after he lost their 11-hour marathon 70-68 in the fifth at Wimbledon in 2010.

Quote of the day

Wimbledon 2018 – Day Eleven – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
John Isner was in agony after another marathon match (Nigel French/PA)

“I feel pretty terrible. My left heel is killing and I have an awful blister on my right foot. I’ve felt better.” – Isner feeling more than the pain of defeat.

Stat of the day

Sadly for Isner, his 214th ace was his last of the championships. Still, beating Goran Ivanisevic’s tournament record with a match to spare is some going.

Saturday’s match of the day

Wimbledon 2018 – Day Ten – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber in the women’s final (Neil Hall/PA)

Serena Williams goes for her eighth title just 10 months after giving birth to daughter Olympia. Standing in her way is 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber in a repeat of Williams’ last match at Wimbledon prior to maternity leave.

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