Novak Djokovic pips Rafael Nadal in second longest Wimbledon semi-final ever

Elena Summers
July 15, 2018

He will be taking on Kevin Anderson, who just survived a six and a half thriller over John Isner, the second longest match in Grand Slam history.

Anderson survived Friday's endurance test, beating Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes. He reacted by getting broken again to trail 5-3 in that set by raising his left shoe and violently pounding his racket against it - one, two, three, four times.

Kevin Anderson is through to the final at Wimbledon after a grueling match against John Isner.

Plant-powered tennis player Novak Djokovic secured a place in the Wimbledon 2018 finals after a victory against old rival Rafael Nadal, The Telegraph reports.

Nadal grabbed the fourth set to set up a monumental 91-minute decider that Djokovic clinched when the Spaniard fired a forehand wide.

"I don´t really know what to say right now, playing like that in those conditions was really tough for the both of us", said eighth seed Anderson. For us to be out there for that length of time. "I can feel the crowd (get) pretty antsy for us to get off the court".

Anderson beat eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a five-set quarterfinal thriller on Wednesday before outlasting Isner.

The quality on display was spectacular and towards the climax ridiculous as the two heavyweight combatants elevated their games to insane levels. "I mean, he battles every single point like it's his last".

Anderson's achievements come during an unprecedented period for the South African flag at Wimbledon.

With the match extending beyond anyone's expectation, the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal semi-final went the distance as well, while moving into the new day, before the Serb won 10-8 in the final set with the clock reading five hours and 14 minutes at the end.

Novak Djokovic plays a backhand against Kevin Anderson
Novak Djokovic plays a backhand against Kevin Anderson

The 31-year-old is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

"I agree with Kevin".

The 2018 final is Anderson's second career grand slam final after making it to the US Open final a year ago before losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

"If one person can't finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker there. It's hard to come back after injuries for a long time and have these kind of results, so I am proud of myself". "I believed it but he was very close to winning", Djokovic continued.

But only one of these men can move through to take on Anderson tomorrow, and they will resume today, when ticket holders for the women's final will get an unexpected treat.

"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure". I don't think it's right.

Isner finished the tournament with a record 221 aces.

After the scheduling issues that have dominated the conversation since Anderson and Isner went deep into a fifth set that eventually began to resemble Superman punching himself in the face for three hours, let's just hope that this doesn't fall flat.

"I feel pretty bad".

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