John Isner loses to eight seed in longest semifinal match at Wimbledon

John Isner at Wimbledon

John Isner at Wimbledon

For much of the afternoon on the All England Lawn Tennis Club's centre court - which eventually stretched to an incredible six hours and 35 minutes - proceedings went according to the script.

Anderson also played an extended fifth set in the quarterfinals, eliminating eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set.

Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1).

In a matchup of two of the tallest (Isner at 6 feet, 10 inches, Anderson at 6-8) and biggest-serving players on the ATP tour, Isner and Anderson expectedly played tiebreaks in each of the first three sets.

Dabrowski and Xu were up a break at 4-2 in the third set, but could not hold on.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

The former Bulldog broke right back to even the set once again.

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.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference. While Isner's match back in 2010 was a fun side note that helped garner interest in the tournament for fans it might not usually reach, to have a never-ending saga played in the semifinal doesn't look great for the sport.

The two are meeting for the second time in ten years.

Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

Nadal and Djokovic will battle for Sunday's final on the same court at 4pm. We played each other in college probably three, four, five times.

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