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Sport: Isner reaches first Wimbledon semi to book Anderson clash

Nadal powers past Sela at the double

  Nadal powers past Sela at the double Rafael Nadal will face sterner tests than Dudi Sela if he is to complete a third French Open/Wimbledon double this year but was impressive all the same as he bounded into round two with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 win on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Spanish second seed had not played a match since claiming his 11th French Open last month.© REUTERS/Toby Melville Wimbledon But he showed no sign of rust on a sultry Centre Court as he quickly found his rhythm against the 127th-ranked Israeli who resisted well early on before Nadal seized control.

John Isner is into his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon© Provided by AFP John Isner is into his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon

John Isner will face Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-finals after the American ninth seed won the battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic on Wednesday.

Isner's 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-3 victory in the quarter-finals booked his first appearance in the last four at a Grand Slam.

On Friday, the 33-year-old will play South African eighth seed Anderson, who shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals earlier on Wednesday.

Isner holds an impressive 8-3 record against Anderson, winning his last five meetings with the 32-year-old.

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  Pliskova beats Azarenka to reach third round for first time Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova won a battle of former world number ones as she beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday. Big-serving Czech Pliskova reached the top of the rankings a year ago at Wimbledon despite losing in the second round -- the fifth year in succession she had lasted only two matches.From the moment Azarenka dropped serve with a loose error in the third game, Pliskova always looked likely to break that sequence against the Belarussian who is still trying to rediscover her past form after returning from having a baby.

Isner famously played in Wimbledon's longest ever match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, but he had never been past the third round at the All England Club until this year.

That lack of success on the big stage wasn't just restricted to Wimbledon Isner had only made one Grand Slam quarter-final in his career, and that was seven years ago at the US Open.

But, in his 41st Grand Slam appearance, Isner is finally into the last four at a major.

Easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

  Easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals Seven-times champion Serena Williams prevailed in a Centre Court mothers' meeting on Monday, roaring past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina into the Wimbledon quarter-finals.The 36-year-old American was untroubled in a 6-2 6-2 victory -- her 90th singles match win at the All England Club.

The only man ever to make it to the semi-finals of a major after a longer wait is his compatriot Sam Querrey, who needed 42 attempts.

The last American man to reach the Wimbledon final was Andy Roddick in 2009 and the last to win the title was Peter Sampras in 2000.

In a battle of Wimbledon's leading serves -- they went into the match both having hit over 100 aces in their five matches -- it was Raonic who drew first blood as he chased a return to the final two years after losing to Andy Murray.

But the Canadian 13th seed couldn't maintain that momentum in front of a virtually deserted Court One as fans left to watch England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

Once Isner hit back to take the second set, Raonic seemed to lose heart and the towering American was soon celebrating the best win of his career.

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