It started at 1 p.m. local time.
The result came two days after Anderson stunned eight-time champion Roger Federer in four hours and five more sets, saving a match point in the process. I mean, just playing like that, in those sort of conditions.it's really tough on both of us.
Anderson will certainly appreciate the chance to put his feet up ahead of Sunday's final, while Nadal and Djokovic - who have a combined 29 Grand Slam titles between them, five at Wimbledon - push each other some more.
It was the kind of tennis that Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd would gladly have watched all night long. Standing in her way is 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber in a repeat of Williams' last match at Wimbledon prior to maternity leave. "And Isner has finally broken Anderson to lead 5,588-5,587", one fan tweeted.
But the struggle to hold serve continued into the next game with Nadal immediately regaining his break advantage with a wonderful forehand victor.
Soon, they were meeting for an embrace, with Anderson being the first South African man in 97 years to reach the Wimbledon final.
"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too".
"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure", Isner said. "My left heel is killing me".
"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right now.so many mixed emotions in getting through something like that". It goes past the 2013 semifinal encounter between Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro which ended in the Serbian's favour 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 after 4 hours and 44 minutes.
Anderson agreed, adding: 'I really hope we can address this'.
The reason the match went on for so long comes down to one of Wimbledon's quirks - a five-set match can not end on a tiebreaker, a tradition shared at the French Open and the Australian Open. It is also the second-longest match in Wimbledon history. "I think I can keep doing damage here".
This was his 300th ATP win, reaching his second Grand Slam final and becoming the first South African in the final of Wimbledon after Brian Norton in 1921!
Isner finished the tournament with a record 221 aces. Two points later, Anderson had the vital break to lead 25-24 before serving out the match.
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.
After saving two set points in the third set tiebreak, Anderson blew his first set point at 8-7 with a double fault.
Then with Anderson serving for the set the American somehow broke right back then held serve to make it 5-5. "We want to see Rafa!"
Then Anderson served out the victory, with Isner sailing a forehand wide on match point.
The market is finding it hard to split the duo, going [1.97] on Isner to triumph, and I don't think this price on the big American is far from being value.
Meanwhile, Anderson didn't face a break point in the fifth set.
What has impressed us about Anderson, certainly in his match against Gael Monfils was his movement and variety he managed to throw in to get around one of the game's more flamboyant characters.