Wesley Moodie kept the South African flag flying but it took another four-hour epic at Wimbledon yesterday.
Moodie and Belgian veteran Dick Norman are now through to the semi-finals with their 7-6 (9) 4-6 7-6 (7) 5-7 6-4 win against the fourth-seeded pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi (India) and Mark Knowles (Bahamas).
The drawn-out victory was less than a day after Moodie and Norman had beaten the Romanian pair of Andrei Pavel and Horia Tecau in another five-set clash of more than four hours.
But the reward is a semi-final date against the top-seeded Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob Bryan.
The latest victory for Moodie and Norman continues their fine run of form as the pair recently reached the final of the French Open and Moodie, a member of Sascoc’s OPEX squad for the London Olympics, 2012 had appeared in four successive ATP finals going into the Wimbledon tournament – including victories in the last two of these events.
With Davis Cup squad members Kevin Anderson, Jeff Coetzee and Rik De Voest all eliminated from the doubles with overseas partners in the early stages of the tournament, Moodie is SA’s last hope of victory in the tennis’s blue riband event.