Isner keen to change perceptions

12 July 2018 04:16:30 EST

John Isner is delighted to be writing a few new chapters in the story of his time at Wimbledon, having reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The American defeated Milos Raonic 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3 in a battle of the big servers to reach the last four, where he will face Kevin Anderson - who caused a massive upset by fighting back from two sets down to oust defending champion Roger Federer.

And Isner was delighted with his efforts, having never previously made it past the third round of SW19, where he is best known for his marathon clash with Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

He told reporters: "Of course, everyone is going to remember that match in 2010 and rightfully so. I like to think that, since that match, I've done a lot of good stuff on the court performance-wise.

"For a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career. I think if I can keep going further here, I can maybe squash that."

Isner and Anderson have met on 11 previous occasions, with the former holding an 8-3 winning record and having won their only previous match on grass, which came at Queen's Club in 2008.

Isner is 4/5 to defeat Anderson and reach a first Grand Slam final and is 7/2 to do so in four sets, with Anderson 11/2 to prevail in another five-setter.

Meanwhile, the defeated Raonic confirmed afterwards that he had struggled with a problem in his right thigh at times during his loss to Isner.

And the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up is hopeful that the problem is not too serious, with the North American hardcourt season just around the corner.

He added: "It feels like a tear of the muscle, I don't know to what extent. That's sort of the sensation I had."

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