Anderson has his work cut out against Isner in Wimbledon semifinal

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Roanic, the 13th seed, required strapping to his right thigh in the first set and had treatment later in the match, but Isner deserved this victory.

If Kevin Anderson was facing John Isner in the first week of Wimbledon, it's hard to imagine it being played any higher than Court 18 and yet the big-serving duo thrashed it out on Centre Court in the semi-finals.

Just before the two-and-a-half hour mark, Anderson produced the first break of the match - the first time someone had broken the Isner serve throughout this tournament. Isner took the second set tiebreaker 7-6 (5), punctuating it with an ace.

The eighth seed will face either twice champion Rafael Nadal or three-times victor Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

However, Isner was then unable to convert a set point of his own in the tiebreak before 32-year-old Anderson wrapped it up thanks to a netted return.

That didn't happen through the first 12 games of the last set, with each player holding serve to reach 6-all.

Isner and Raonic entered Wednesday night's quarter-final as the two leading players for aces in the tournament at 135 and 117 respectively.

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

At 24-24 Anderson took a tumble but managed to get to his feet and hit a left-handed shot inside the baseline, taking the point for 0-30.

Isner and Anderson were no strangers to each other, facing off all the way back to their college days, when Isner defeated Anderson, who played at IL, in the 2007 NCAA Men's Team Final.

Anderson was coming off a huge upset win in the quarterfinals over Roger Federer.

That inconsistency was eliminated in an absorbing final set before Anderson produced a moment of magic.

Nadal and Djokovic will battle for Sunday's final on the same court at 4pm.

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