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Anderson edges Isner in epic match to reach Wimbledon final

19 Juillet 2018

John Isner will face Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semifinals after the American ninth seed won the battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic on Wednesday. He lost last year's US Open final to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

"You live for these matches".

"It's just not one of my best days, but they don't happen very often", added Federer. Is hard to come back after injuries for a long time and have these kind of results, so I am proud of myself. "I give it my best", the 32-year-old Spanish world number one said.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them to deny Federer a 13th Wimbledon semi-final appearance.

The match had started late on Friday night, following the longest semi-final match in Wimbledon's history between John Isner and Kevin Anderson, with the latter coming through and reaching the final. Nadal said he regretted losing an opportunity to win another major title.

"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson told the BBC, after winning the match on his first match points as Isner hit a forehand wide. Then three-time former champion Djokovic came through his own titanic tussle, taking five-and-a-quarter hours spread over two days to see off Rafael Nadal.

He won the fourth set despite once again squandering a service-break lead and appeared to have the edge heading into the decider. Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away. You need to be ready for it.

Djokovic, the 12 seed, could not convert two break points in a 15-minute opening game of the fourth set on Saturday.

The atmosphere, in sharp contrast to Friday's slug-fest, was electric.

But they had not shared a Grand Slam stage since Djokovic inflicted a bitter defeat on Nadal at Roland Garros in 2015.

However, he was unable to convert and Djokovic pounced to claim the set after nearly three hours on court. Djokovic raced to 40-0 and when his rival's exhausted forehand floated long, the 12th seed raised his arms again.

"For the first time in my life I have someone screaming, 'Daddy, daddy, '" the champion said, as the camera zoomed in on his son and wife clapping in the crowd. Both of us deserve it. It's been a roller-coaster for him in the last couple of rounds but he had a day off and that means a lot.

"But I'm in the final of Wimbledon and it's an incredible achievement for me after what I've been through".

"I think we're quite even. I think I can keep doing damage here", Isner said.

"I've nothing to complain about. Today was another great match".

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now". I felt like I did some good business here in the past already. "Obviously, I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass-court season", Djokovic said. "That's all. That's sport".

Anderson edges Isner in epic match to reach Wimbledon final