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Widespread Calls For Rule Change After Historic Wimbledon Semi-Final

Widespread Calls For Rule Change After Historic Wimbledon Semi-Final
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

After six hours and 36 minutes, Kevin Anderson beat John Isner in the Wimbledon semi-final on a frankly ridiculous scoreline of 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. The result prompted widespread calls for a rule change.

The tie was the second-longest match in the history of Grand Slam tennis and means Anderson will advance to play the winner of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. However, with that final set for Sunday several prominent tennis figures emerged afterward to call for a tie-breaker and avoid a repeat of this scenario.

By the time the game finished, the roof had closed and the floodlights were on. It reminded many of Isner's win over Nicolas Mahut in 2010, the longest ever game. That finished 70-68 in the fifth set after an epic 11 hours, 5 minutes.

Immediately after today's match, Anderson urged authorities to introduce a tie-breaker to ensure this wouldn't happen again. It also meant that Nadal and Djokovic's semi-final was pushed back into the evening, although the Serb kept himself busy in his changing room.

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