LONDON (Reuters) – American John Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final as he beat Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 6-4 6-3 in a clash of the giants at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old saved a set point in the second set tiebreak to avoid going two sets down and then took control of the match to continue his dream run at the All England Club after years of unrewarded toil on the grasscourts.
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Ninth seed Isner has taken 41 Grand Slams to reach his first semi-final — one less than compatriot Sam Querrey who reached the milestone a year ago at Wimbledon.
He had never made it beyond the third round at Wimbledon in nine previous attempts but has been in sparkling form this time and will harbor genuine hopes of going at least a stage further with South African Kevin Anderson, rather than eight-time champion Roger Federer, waiting in the semis.
Elation - Position - Semi-finals - Isner - Aces
“Pure elation right now. Very happy to be in this position right now in the semi-finals,” Isner, who banged down 25 aces to the 31 of Raonic, told reporters.
“With how I’m feeling physically and mentally, I’m in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here.”
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