Isner fights back to reach first grand slam semi

By Sports Desk July 11, 2018

John Isner came from a set down to claim a place in his first grand slam semi-final by beating Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.

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 last-eight encounter with genuine hope of reaching the final.

Given the reputation both players have for big-serving displays, those in attendance could have been forgiven for anticipating another marathon affair.

In keeping with such expectations, there was not even a break point until the third set, when Isner struck as Raonic appeared to struggle with an injury having received strapping on his thigh towards the end of the first set.

Isner was ruthless in the key moments and did not waste his opportunities when they came to him in the fourth, wrapping up a 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 6-3 victory in two hours and 42 minutes to set up a semi-final with Anderson.

 

Related items

  • ATP announces candidates to host future Finals ATP announces candidates to host future Finals

    The cities of Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo and Turin have earned the right to challenge London to host the ATP Finals from 2021 until 2025.

    The season-ending tournament has been held at London's O2 Arena since 2009 and the English capital is contracted through 2020, but the ATP is open to a new location thereafter.

    Over 40 cities worldwide submitted bids and the governing body has narrowed the options down to four cities that will go up against London.

    The ATP will now visit the candidate cities and a decision will be made no sooner than March 2019.

    "The ATP Finals have never stood still, remaining vibrant and relevant to fans, sponsors and media worldwide at every turn," said ATP president Chris Kermode.

    "There's no question that London has set a very high benchmark and, with the final shortlist announced today, we believe we will be well placed to determine the next exciting chapter of a tournament that has come to represent the absolute pinnacle in men's professional tennis."

    The Finals have previously been held in several locations worldwide, starting in Tokyo in 1970, with Shanghai hosting the tournament from 2005 to 2008.

    Alexander Zverev was the 2018 champion at the O2, beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the November final.

  • Nadal to join Federer at 2019 Laver Cup Nadal to join Federer at 2019 Laver Cup

    Rafael Nadal will return to Team Europe alongside great rival Roger Federer for the 2019 Laver Cup, captain Bjorn Borg has announced.

    Both players featured in the inaugural tournament in 2017, but 17-time grand slam champion Nadal was absent a year later as Federer and Novak Djokovic starred for Europe.

    Borg's side have won both previous competitions against John McEnroe's Team World and will now be able to call on a pair of superstars once again in Geneva next September.

    "It doesn't get much better for a captain than naming both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the Laver Cup in Geneva," Borg said.

    "Bringing together two of the greatest players, and rivals, the sport has ever seen on one team is very exciting for our sport – and will give us the best possible chance to win the Laver Cup three years in a row.

    "When we first played Laver Cup in Prague [in 2017], with both Roger and Rafa on the team, we knew it would be very special, bringing together two such great champions.

    "But I think we all underestimated how powerful it would be to see them sitting side by side, coaching each other and cheering each other on, along with their team-mates from the player bench."

    The returning Nadal added: "I will do my best to live up to the great performances we had in Prague last year.

    "The Laver Cup is a different event, it brings together players who are adversaries for all of the year, and it's a wonderful experience to come together as a team, to work together, to help each other and to get to know other players in a new way."

  • Man behind Naomi Osaka's rise wins WTA Coach of the Year Man behind Naomi Osaka's rise wins WTA Coach of the Year

    Naomi Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin has been named as the first WTA Coach of the Year.

    Bajin was recognised as the coach who "serves as an ambassador of the sport and brings coaching to the forefront of the game" in addition to success achieved on the court.

    His tutelage saw Osaka enjoy a breakthrough year in which she beat Serena Williams in a US Open final overshadowed by controversy to win her first grand slam.

    That triumph came after she claimed her first WTA title in March by triumphing at Indian Wells.

    As well as his exploits with Osaka, Bajin also served as a Gold Member of the newly implemented WTA Coach Program, with the governing body praising him for helping promote and enhance women's tennis by participating in tennis clinics, panel discussions and media interviews throughout 2018.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

Nothing seems capable of stopping the Manchester Spurs so far this season. https://t.co/BhNgj21aZc https://t.co/xBAo994a1x
TT Netball focussed on 2019 World Cup. https://t.co/qLwz22K9iZ https://t.co/3BIR59cvvS
Does a belated gold medal mean as much? T&T 4x100 athletes officially advised of 2008 gold medals Read full story… https://t.co/a0QZ9T8H1r
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.