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12 Jul 2018 by Trystan Pugh

Wimbledon 2018 – Kevin Anderson vs John Isner Preview

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Kevin Anderson vs John Isner taking place? Centre Court, Wimbledon, London

When is Kevin Anderson vs John Isner on and what time does it start? Friday 13th July, 2018 – (not before) 13:00

What television channel is Kevin Anderson vs John Isner on? BBC (UK)

Where can I stream Kevin Anderson vs John Isner? The match can be streamed online via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Kevin Anderson vs John Isner? A limited number of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can brave the famous Wimbledon Queue!

THE LOWDOWN

KEVIN ANDERSON

  • Kevin Anderson made headlines on Wednesday by coming from two sets down to defeat defending champion Roger Federer in an epic quarter-final.
  • The South African saved a set point in the third set of that contest and grew in confidence from that point onwards, with his exceptional serving backed up by pinpoint groundstrokes.
  • Anderson has a losing head-to-head record against Isner but has not faced the American since 2015 and his game has improved significantly since then.

JOHN ISNER

  • Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final by defeating Milos Raonic in four close sets on Wednesday, and now faces a similar opponent in Kevin Anderson.
  • The American has fired down 161 aces during this year's tournament - more than any other player - and he will be relying heavily on this weapon to sieze the advantage.
  • Isner has already contested seven tie-breaks in the tournament so far and it would not be a surprise to see more of the same in this semi-final.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

We have two very different semi-finals on centre court on Friday and the first of those will see two huge servers do battle. There will not be many breaks of serve here and it is expected to be a tight battle decided by a tie-break or two. Isner will be the fresher of the two as Anderson's five-set quarter-final win over Federer will have used up a lot of physical and mental energy, so that gives the slight edge to the American who has a great chance of reaching his first major final. Isner in four.

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