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Anderson shocks Isner in semis

Kevin Anderson beat John Isner to book a spot in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships final against qualifier Marinko Matosevic.

Top seed Isner had been in excellent form heading into the semi-final but met his match in the form of the seventh seed, who achieved a notable 7-5 7-6 victory against an American opponent for the second day in a row.

Yesterday, Anderson saved three match points on the way to beating Andy Roddick.

Next up for Anderson is first-time ATP Tour finalist Matosevic.

The 26-year-old, ranked 173rd in the world, had not won a tour match this year before coming to Florida but today produced a gutsy performance to beat another unranked player, Israel's Dudi Sela, 5-7 6-4 7-6 (9/7).

Matosevic squandered two match points at 5-3 in the third set and was taken to a tie-break by Sela, but held his nerve to progress.

He told www.atptour.com: "I'm very happy but I'm also very tired.

"I was just fighting off cramps. I was fighting hard and never giving up. It was such a rollercoaster out there. It was just up and down.

"I'll just try to recover the best I can."

Anderson, ranked 36th in the world and playing in his third tour final, will be the clear favourite tomorrow against an opponent who he has not previously faced.