Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Wimbledon 2018: Isner beats Raonic in quarter-final slug-fest

Wimbledon 2018: Isner beats Raonic in quarter-final slug-fest

Isner's semifinal match is scheduled for 7 am Dallas time on Friday and can be watched on ESPN.

A semifinal match at Wimbledon has turned into an epic seven-hour battle - but it appears finally to be on the verge of ending.

He faced his friend and old college foe Kevin Anderson in the semifinals Friday, where he lost in a game that lasted more than six hours.

After being kept on the run for six hours and 36 minutes, the longest ever singles semi-final at the All England Club, how the 32-year-old was still standing was anyone's guess.

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Anderson, who was runner-up to Nadal in last year's US Open final, becomes the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon decider since Brian Norton in 1921.

In the fourth set, Anderson broke Isner's serve twice to win it 6-4.

Eighth-seeded Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former U.S. college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic.

In a final set that lasted almost 3 hours, Anderson had break points at 7-7, 10-10 and 17-17 before finally earning the decisive breakthrough to go 25-24 up - drawing a massive roar from the crowd. Isner took the second set tiebreaker 7-6 (5), punctuating it with an ace.

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Anderson will play again in the final on Sunday - hopefully there, a victor will be decided in four sets or less.

Raonic delivered what was expected of him, smashing 31 aces to Isner's 25 in a booming encounter, but a failure to convert a set point in the second set tiebreak proved crucial. The two went back and forth all the way to 12-all, essentially playing a full sixth and seventh set.

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.

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