When Kevin Anderson was interviewed shortly after his epic victory in his Wimbledon semifinal against John Isner on Friday evening, it was almost as if he knew people were divided on his progression to the final.
It took him exactly 90 seconds into the interview to admit that the rules for fifth sets need to change.
Yes, a 26-24 scoreline attests to the endurance of both players but doesn’t that type of repetition eventually start to bore people watching?
Twitter certainly thought so!
For the love of God, SOMEONE WIN ALREADY!
(Preferably Kevin Anderson)
— Mike Carpenter (@FanboyCarp) July 13, 2018
Kevin Anderson! John Isner! #wrapitup
— Tito Oduk (@T_Cesar12) July 13, 2018
— Dr. Holly Kruse (@hollykruse) July 13, 2018
Kevin Anderson v John Isner 21-21 in final set. pic.twitter.com/bAXrfVXYrK
— Scott Harrison (@ayewecan) July 13, 2018
Kevin Anderson sucks
— Eugene (@Imma_GENE_Us) July 13, 2018
There was even a scientific voice in the whole debate…
A tiebreak in the fifth feels too “sudden”, and I know people have an affinity to tradition. Maybe a compromise like that changes the rhythm of the match, which feels really entrenched right now. Just a thought #wimbeldon2018 #IsnerVsAnderson #inser #anderson
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) July 13, 2018
A few lamented Anderson’s inability to put a tiring Isner away…
How many times now has it been 0-30 and Isner wins game. Unbelievable.
— Jacques vdWesthuyzen (@jacq_west) July 13, 2018
Mxm Kevin Anderson clearly doesn't wanna win.
— Njabulo Ntombela ???? (@Iam_NjabuloX) July 13, 2018
But a former Olympic medallist didn’t want him to give up…
— Roland Schoeman (@Rolandschoeman) July 13, 2018
— Derek Watts (@DerekWatts) July 13, 2018
On a lighter note, there were some great popular culture references…
— Becky (@GRravski) July 13, 2018
Left: Before Isner v Anderson
Right: After Isner v Anderson pic.twitter.com/jNHVURGD2R
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) July 13, 2018
Some sympathised with poor Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having to wait so long…
— Clive Wright (@mistermemoryman) July 13, 2018
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 13, 2018
The year is 2050.
John Isner is through to his first Grand Slam final after beating Kevin Anderson 13,960-13,958 in the final set. pic.twitter.com/EkbG2DFsRu
— bet365 (@bet365) July 13, 2018
But thankfully, this is how the majority of South Africans feel…
No matter what happens in the end……….KEVIN ANDERSON is our HERO…..!!!!
— Shatty Maboea (@fssportsfocuso1) July 13, 2018