Greensboro native John Isner eliminated in Wimbledon semifinals

John Isner celebrates his win

One of the Fighting Illini was his today's rival Kevin Anderson who had won more than 150 Collegiate matches in singles and doubles, reaching the singles semi-final that season before losing to Somdev Devvarman who then toppled John in the title match.

The roof was closed and the floodlights turned on following Anderson's win.

The pair slugged it out on Centre Court for six hours and 35 minutes before the eighth seed came through 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24.

In the second semi-final also at Centre Court, world No 1 Rafael Nadal takes on three-time victor, Novak Djokovic. Isner was serving first, with Anderson then having to hold each time in order to stay alive in the match.

Anderson next faces Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic and Nadal have met more than any two men in the Open Era - 51 times to be exact.

At this rate, they may not even get on court...

The video showed the three-time Wimbledon champion playing marbles with his support team.

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The match set Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (was 72) as well as duration - the 6 hours, 36 minute match bested the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

A full but slightly tired Centre Court crowd geared up for a long decider, and on and on and on it went until, after six hours and 35 minutes, Anderson sealed his place in the final. Isner beat Mahut: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

The five-set match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner has become the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history. Isner in particularly started to appear worn out at the set wore on.

On Friday, Avenatti joined thousands of protesters at a central London march against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final.

After taking a medical timeout after the third set, Anderson surprisingly broke Isner's serve at 2-all in the fourth.

That didn't happen through the first 12 games of the last set, with each player holding serve to reach 6-all.

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