In the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday, Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 in the second-longest Grand Slam match in history—and just about everyone had something entertaining to say about it.
Those following along on Twitter had all kinds of jokes:
Alexis Olympia is now in kindergarten....— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) July 13, 2018
How long before they run out of new balls— Henry Breadstick (@henrybreadstick) July 13, 2018
Other tennis players took their opportunity to make their cracks as well:
Even the TV knows this is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/C2c3u06sLp— Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33) July 13, 2018
Will this @Wimbledon semifinal end in time for the final?— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) July 13, 2018
When I decided to catch end of the 5th set between Isner and Anderson.21/21 and still rolling ... Когда решила посмотреть концовочку 5ого сета Андерсона с Иснером #wimbledon pic.twitter.com/xXKgu0qhxO— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) July 13, 2018
Even the brand accounts couldn't help but join in:
Anderson's wife, Kelsey, saved hers for after her husband had won:
Me right now... pic.twitter.com/4pQSTSmkgl— Kelsey Anderson (@KelseyOAnderson) July 13, 2018
The battle lasted six and a half hours, and delayed the second semifinal significantly, which caused many people to call for a rule change.
Maybe time for a fifth set tiebreaker at Wimbledon? This could change the schedule and how will these guys recover for a final?— James Blake (@JRBlake) July 13, 2018
S/O to @usopen for 5th set breakers...— Christopher Eubanks (@chris_eubanks96) July 13, 2018
Folks, this will be the match that causes fifth set rules to change.— Nick Nemeroff (@NNemeroff) July 13, 2018
12-12 tie break final set gets my vote ....for the sake of— Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) July 13, 2018
Isner and Anderson both agreed:
"I hope this is a bit of sign for Grand Slams to change this format," says Kevin Anderson. "At the end, you don't even feel that great out there." pic.twitter.com/tLkYnHbHb5— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 13, 2018
While the match wasn't what people normally associate with great tennis, it inspired awe nonetheless.
I have a whole new level of respect for both these guys... my heavens...— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) July 13, 2018
A junior boys' semifinal going on simultaneously seemingly took a cue from the men, with Great Britain's Jack Draper winning 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 19-17 over No. 3-seeded Nicolas Mejia.
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