The Latest: Men’s Wimbledon semifinals underway

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LONDON (AP) – The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Kevin Anderson has won the first set of his Wimbledon semifinal against John Isner 7-6 (6).

Anderson saved a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker with an overhead smash at the net, and Isner then netted two shots to hand the South African a 1-0 lead. The last point of the set was briefly held up as a ball boy had to be substituted after hurting his shoulder.

Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 mph second serve that the South African couldn’t return.

Anderson came through a marathon serving game at 1-1, saving three break points before finally holding serve after an eighth deuce.

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1:10 p.m.

The first men’s semifinal has started at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S.

Anderson is trying to follow up his five-set win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, with both men appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club.

In a match between two of the game’s biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault.

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12:30 p.m.

The Wimbledon semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is their 52nd tour-level meeting, more than any other two men in tennis history.

Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday’s match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments.

Nadal has 17 major titles, two at the All England Club. Djokovic owns 12 Slam trophies, three from Wimbledon.

The other men’s semifinal features two big servers bidding for a first major championship: Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner of the U.S.

Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Isner has won all 95 of his service games so far.

This is the first time in the professional era that all four male semifinalists at a major are older than 30.

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