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Greensboro native John Isner eliminated in Wimbledon semifinals

Greensboro native John Isner eliminated in Wimbledon semifinals

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Isner came close to reaching his first Grand Slam final after winning the second and third set but Anderson came back to win the fourth set, leveling the match at 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4.

A full but slightly tired Centre Court crowd geared up for a long decider, and on and on and on it went until, after six hours and 35 minutes, Anderson sealed his place in the final.

John Isner laid his aces on the table but found a way into the Wimbledon semi-finals by breaking the Milos Raonic serve.

6-4, 26-24 victory that lasted more than six hours, Anderson advances to the Wimbledon Final on Sunday, when he will play the victor of the other semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

It was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.




The game dragged on for a total of six hours and 36 minutes, with the final set alone taking two hours and 54 minutes. I really feel for him. If I was on the opposite side I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming out short. getting through something like that is quite different.

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us".

On Friday, the American became embroiled in another marathon contest, he and fellow big-server Anderson - who sensationally beat defending champion Roger Federer 13-11 in a fifth set on Wednesday - trading ace after ace in search of a place in the final at the All England Club.

Both men are in unfamiliar territory, each having never made a Wimbledon semi-final before.

The reason the match went on for so long comes down to one of Wimbledon's quirks - a five-set match can not end on a tiebreaker, a tradition shared at the French Open and the Australian Open.

A showdown between two tennis skyscrapers - with Isner topping the 6 foot 8 Anderson by two inches - predictably featured three tiebreaks and 102 thunderbolt aces but it was the 32-year-old South African who delivered the knockout blow.