Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

Milos Raonic and John Isner shake hands at the end of their match

It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open previous year to Rafael Nadal.

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 quarterfinal encounter with genuine hope of reaching the final.

The South African won the opening set on a tie-break but lost two subsequent tie-breaks before he levelled the match 6-4 in the fourth.

Surprisingly, it wasn't the longest match in Wimbledon history.

In 2010 at Wimbledon, Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut played the longest match ever.

Isner and Anderson needed some time to adapt their game for the challenges on the ATP Tour but they didn't need too much time to find their rhythm and crack the Top 100, continuing to move through the rankings and earning a chance to play for the Wimbledon final 11 years after their ultimate Collegiate battle.

Not to be outdone, Anderson had 49 aces of his own in the match vs. Isner.

Anderson, 32, will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.

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. The only Wimbledon finalist from South Africa was Brian Norton in 1921 while John is trying to become the 12th American Wimbledon finalist in the Open era and the first overall in Majors since Andy Roddick in 2009.

Anderson, who graduated from the University of IL, came through another marathon match to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, winning their fifth set 13-11. Isner was representing the university of Georgia, while Anderson was at the university of IL.

Isner was trying to end the longest major title drought - 58 majors - for USA men in tennis history.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players. Isner will go home with $743,322.

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