Wimbledon: John Isner beats Milos Raonic in quarters

Rex Christensen
July 13, 2018

With defending champion Roger Federer tumbling out in five sets to Kevin Anderson earlier on No.1 Court, both Isner and Raonic could afford to approach Wednesday's quarterfinal encounter with genuine hope of reaching 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.

The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (the previous record was 72) as well as duration - besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

In 2010 at Wimbledon, Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut played the longest match ever.

With the home court advantage, John defeated Kevin 6-1 7-6 on court 1 (they battled in doubles as well but that match wasn't finished) and his teammates added two more singles wins to wrap up a ideal 4-0 triumph for the Bulldogs who had won the first title since 2001.

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Back in 2004 fellow college freshmen John Isner and Kevin Anderson stepped onto court to play one another in an inter-university match.

The 32-year-old Anderson will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.

The first match on the Tour between these two was in Las Vegas in 2008 but they have played a very important match in Collegiate tennis back in 2007, and this is a nice occasion to go back in past and examine their Collegiate careers.

With the match tied 13-13, fans howled after a spectator shouted out, "Come on guys, we want to see Rafa!" The last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open. The victor of the match was guaranteed $1.5 million, depending on the outcome of the final.

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