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Sport Isner reaches first Wimbledon semi to book Anderson clash

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

Isner saves match points to reach third round

  Isner saves match points to reach third round John Isner almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but survived to beat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelman in a delayed second-round match at Wimbledon on Thursday. The American ninth seed eventually won 6-1 6-4 6-7(3) 6-7(6) 7-5 but he came desperately close to another Wimbledon failure.On Wednesday, he led two sets to love and held a match point in the third set but the 105th-ranked Bemelmans stormed back to win two tiebreaks and level the match before rain intervened.

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.

LONDON (AFP) - 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 (July 11). Isner 's 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4

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.

Sweet 16 for Federer at Wimbledon

  Sweet 16 for Federer at Wimbledon Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France's Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday. Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African.Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.

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.

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.

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.

Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler

  Djokovic happy to play Wimbledon spoiler Novak Djokovic has emerged from a two-year funk to shape as a huge threat to hopes of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final.While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two living legends' greatest rival is threatening to tear up the script.

Kevin Anderson won the longest semi -final in Wimbledon history (since 1877) against John Isner of the United States at the Championships on Friday to reach his second Grand Slam final (also 2017 US Open).

Kevin Anderson wins the longest semi -final in Wimbledon history by beating John Isner in an epic South African Kevin Anderson won the second-longest match in Wimbledon history by outlasting American The match was also just shorter than a Davis Cup first -round match between Argentina's

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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Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings .
Serena Williams returned to the world's top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up. The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing Saturday's final at the All England Club to German Angelique Kerber, Williams's fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third-round exit at Wimbledon.

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