John Isner reaches his first Wimbledon semi-final following four-set victory over Milos Raonic
- The 6ft 10in American beat his Canadian counterpart through ruthless returning
- The ninth seed triumphed 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last four of Wimbledon
- John Isner is yet to be broken in the competition and plays Kevin Anderson next
John Isner laid his aces on the table but found a way into the Wimbledon semi-finals by breaking the Milos Raonic serve.
The 6ft 10in American beat his Canadian counterpart through ruthless returning and now we await Donald Trump’s answer to an invitation for Thursday’s last-four contest.
Isner would like the US President, a serious tennis fan, to be in the Centre Court crowd as his guest for what promises to be another battle of big serves against Kevin Anderson.
John Isner beat Milos Raonic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach Wimbledon semi-finals
Isner and Raonic entered Wednesday night’s quarter-final as the two leading players for aces in the tournament at 135 and 117 respectively. Though Raonic outgunned Isner in that respect – 31 to 25 – he was unable to see through service games as convincingly.
Roanic had only been broken three times this Wimbledon previously but Isner doubled that tally alone to triumph 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. Isner, the ninth seed, sealed the tie by sending a backhand winner down the line.
The 6ft 10in American beat his Canadian counterpart (pictured) through ruthless returning
The No 1 Court crowd was very sparse given the epic encounter that preceded it and the football going on, but Goran Ivanisevic remained in Roanic’s box throughout, encouraging his charge as his national team fought with England.
Roanic, the 13th seed, required strapping to his right thigh in the first set and had treatment later in the match, but Isner deserved this victory.
He is yet to be broken in this competition and though this is his first Wimbledon semi-final he will be a force.
Isner is yet to be broken at SW19 and plays Kevin Anderson in his first Wimbledon semi-final