Sport Isner reaches first Wimbledon semi to book Anderson clash

00:07  12 july  2018
00:07  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest ever Wimbledon semi-final to reach final at SW19

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John Isner is into his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon© Provided by AFP John Isner is into his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon

John Isner will face Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-finals after the American ninth seed won the battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic on Wednesday.

Isner's 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-3 victory in the quarter-finals booked his first appearance in the last four at a Grand Slam.

On Friday, the 33-year-old will play South African eighth seed Anderson, who shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals earlier on Wednesday.

Isner holds an impressive 8-3 record against Anderson, winning his last five meetings with the 32-year-old.

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Isner famously played in Wimbledon's longest ever match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, but he had never been past the third round at the All England Club until this year.

That lack of success on the big stage wasn't just restricted to Wimbledon Isner had only made one Grand Slam quarter-final in his career, and that was seven years ago at the US Open.

But, in his 41st Grand Slam appearance, Isner is finally into the last four at a major.

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  Wimbledon officials accused of sexism Social media has blown up at Wimbledon officials over the scheduling changes which were forced upon tournament organisers by the lengthy battle between Kevin Anderson and John Isner. Anderson took six hours and 36 minutes to defeat Isner, 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a truly epic encounter featuring 102 aces and 99 service games.The match was the second-longest in professional tennis history, behind only Isner's record 11-hour, five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

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Wimbledon 2018: Nadal beats Del Potro in five sets, Federer out – live! John Isner has reached his first Grand Slam semi -final on his 41st appearance. The hard-serving American beat Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Federer’s conqueror Kevin Anderson in the

The only man ever to make it to the semi-finals of a major after a longer wait is his compatriot Sam Querrey, who needed 42 attempts.

The last American man to reach the Wimbledon final was Andy Roddick in 2009 and the last to win the title was Peter Sampras in 2000.

In a battle of Wimbledon's leading serves -- they went into the match both having hit over 100 aces in their five matches -- it was Raonic who drew first blood as he chased a return to the final two years after losing to Andy Murray.

But the Canadian 13th seed couldn't maintain that momentum in front of a virtually deserted Court One as fans left to watch England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

Once Isner hit back to take the second set, Raonic seemed to lose heart and the towering American was soon celebrating the best win of his career.

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