Kevin Anderson and John Isner were tired and, understandably, a bit cranky after playing a 6-hour, 36-minute men’s singles semifinal match at Wimbledon on Friday.
Anderson, who won the fifth set 26-24, appeared to be more annoyed. He criticized the lack of a deciding-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open. The U.S. Open does use a tiebreaker after 6-6.
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“I hope this is a sign for (grand) slams to change this format out of five sets,” Anderson told media in his postmatch interview (per thescore.com). “I really hope we can look at it and address this because at the end you don’t even feel that good out there.”
The Anderson-Isner match, the second-longest in Wimbledon history, marked the second time in a 48-hour span that Anderson had played a marathon fifth set at the All England Club. He defeated Roger Federer 13-11 in the decider of their quarterfinal match Wednesday.
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Isner played in the longest Wimbledon match (and the longest match in tennis history) in 2010, a three-day affair vs. Nicholas Mahut that ended with Isner winning the fifth set 70-68. The official time was 11 hours, 5 minutes.
According to The Score’s report, Isner suggested after Friday’s match that a tiebreaker could begin after a fifth set gets to 12-12.