Kevin Anderson will look to build on his magnificent quarter-final showing against Roger Federer when he takes on big-serving American, John Isner in Friday’s semi-final.
The South African stunned the tennis world when he came back from the brink of defeat to stun eight-time champion, Roger Federer. It was as mind-blowing as it was sensational and he’s now into the last four, with a lot of confidence and a larger sense of purpose.
It, however, wouldn’t be straightforward against John Isner. In fact, against Isner, it might just be as difficult. Both players have very similar styles and it will come down to who serves better and who can do just enough to win a tiebreak.
Isner, at 33 and 6ft 10in has cracked 161 aces, 48 more than the 6ft 8in Anderson, who’s equally a big-server. Fair to say, this will be the battle of big-servers!
John Isner entered into this year’s Wimbledon with only one Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance to his name – US Open 2011 – but the 33-year-old has done well to better that record. On Thursday, he came back from a set down against Canadian, Milos Raonic to win 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3 and reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The American now feels he can go all the way.
“With how I’m feeling physically and mentally, I’m in a very good spot; I think I can keep doing damage here,” Isner said. “This is amazing. It’s by far the best Grand Slam I’ve ever played in my career, and I’ve been playing for 11 years. I’m super happy.”
These two have played 11 times and Isner has won eight of those. The most recent meeting was in the 2015 Indian Wells Masters, a match Isner won in straight sets.
However, the American should know that past records against the South African might count for nothing (He should ask Federer, who was 4-0 against the South African before the quarter-finals).
Can Anderson now once again defy the odds to post another brilliant performance and reach the second Grand Slam of his career? Or will Isner continue to cause ‘damage’?