South African mens singles player Kevin Anderson defeated American John Isner in the semi-final of Wimbledon on Friday night.
It was an epic match, becoming the second longest Wimbledon game in history. Anderson will play in the final against either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal who complete the second semi-final on Saturday.
On Thursday Raven Klaasen confirmed his spot in the mens doubles Wimbledon final, making sure South Africa has two men in both of the male's competitions.
Here's how South African football players, legends and the media supported and reacted to their tennis heroes.
Almost there buddy🇿🇦 — Molemo Mekoa (@Mantistew) July 13, 2018
Some World class tennis earlier between John Isner & South African Kevin Anderson in the longest semi final in the history of Wimbledon, 6hrs:35 minutes. Well done Kevin 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦
Djokovic on now against Nadal just to meet Anderson — Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) July 13, 2018
Its happened! What an historical moment! South Africa’s first black tennis player to ever reach a Wimbledon final has arrived there. He is 35 yr old Raven Klaasen from Cape Town who has reached the men’s doubles final at #wimbledon2018 pic.twitter.com/V8Ackpdn0A — cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) July 12, 2018
For the first time in 97 years; there will be a South African in the final of #Wimbledon in the men's event. South Africa stand up! Anderson has done it. — Mosibudi Rachel M (@rachysuperstar) July 13, 2018
This @Wimbledon tennis semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner reminds me of matches with Michael Stich will all these tie-breaks. Neither of them deserve to lose, but Isner has the advantage with the bigger serve, while Anderson's blown big opportunities in the 3rd set — Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) July 13, 2018
I don’t know who all those people were that were supporting @KAndersonATP at the @Wimbledon semi final, but I’m glad someone had a rally cap on. That kept him in the game for sure. — Darren Keet (@popeyekeet) July 13, 2018
South Africa 🇿🇦 🇿🇦 my beloved country... A rare pic of me and @ravenklaasen
Thank you for the support and Love once again @ All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club https://t.co/3DRac2QF1D — Kgothatso Montjane (@Montjane_K) July 13, 2018
Thank you John for being an incredible sportsman and friend. It’s an honour to share this piece of history with you. #wimbledon pic.twitter.com/ptdLEAUp78 — Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) July 13, 2018
To place things into perspective Kevin Anderson reaching #Wimbledon final, here's the last South African to do it, Brian Norton (not related to Jordan Henderson) in 1921, born in Robben Island in 1899. Hope @Kevinandersonmp's inspiring a whole new generation of SA tennis players pic.twitter.com/bdAMatmh8t — Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) July 13, 2018
Take a bow, @KAndersonATP
After six hours and 35 minutes of pure battle, the South African wins the fifth set 26-24 to reach a first #Wimbledon final pic.twitter.com/SByAyHb46W — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2018
South Africa has a finalist in both the men’s singles and doubles Final at the greatest Tennis tournament in the world. — Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) July 13, 2018
Ivan Rakitic asked about @DjokerNole 's support for #CRO: "We have to try to put history behind us. For me, Djokovic is a fantastic athlete, but even more fantastic as a person. I wish him all the luck in the world. If he wins on Sunday, we'll celebrate with him." — Joe Wright (@JoeWright004) July 13, 2018
Is tennis coming to an end today, all these semifinals are played like there's NO tomorrow my favourite Nadal is given a run for his money before he meets Kevin Anderson on Sunday's final.— Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) July 13, 2018
Hope soccer World Cup final will be the same.
Absolutely INSANE.. #Wimbledon ...decide what you wanna call this man.. Miracle man OR Marathon man Congrats @KAndersonATP 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 https://t.co/kxqChocRS9 — Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) July 13, 2018
Well done Anderson!!!! — Fran Hilton-Smith (@Franzo_safa) July 13, 2018