Canadian Dabrowski ousted in Wimbledon semis

Raonic’s playing style is based around his big serve but he fell short against Isner

Raonic’s playing style is based around his big serve but he fell short against Isner

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.

It was, inevitably, a match of big serves galore, with an 129mph second serve from Isner a highlight, but both offered plenty off the ground too in an engaging five-set encounter.

The marathon tie meant that the Nadal v Djokovic semi-final was to be played under the roof as the light began to fade just after 8pm.

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.

It was the longest men's semifinal in Wimbledon history at six hours and 36 minutes.

At six hours and 35 minutes, it was the longest match ever played on Centre Court and the second-longest match at The All England Club.

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Another ace from the American saw him level the match in another tiebreak.

Anderson, who also won a marathon game against Roger Federer in the quarter-final, will face the either Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, both of whom sat in the locker room for the duration of the first final.

For the first time in the Open era, the semi-finals were made up exclusively of players over 30.

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.

The Canadian and partner Yifan Xu of China, seeded sixth, lost to No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the USA, and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday. The last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open.

In 2010 at Wimbledon, he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in a match that lasted over 11 hours and was played over three days.

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