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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon classic

17 Juillet 2018

Reflecting on the gruelling game, Anderson called on grand slam authorities to consider changing the format of matches. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself. This is Isner's first-ever Grand Slam tournament semifinal in his 41st appearance. Both were on clay, in Madrid past year and in Rome as recently as May.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, was playing in his first semifinal at the All England Club since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational.

In the fifth set, Anderson was the stronger player. Anderson will be able to keep it close but expect the best returner in men's tennis to take away Anderson's biggest weapon from the start.

At his 41st major tournament, Isner, 33, was playing his first Grand Slam semifinal and was trying to become the first American man since 2009 to reach a major final. This is the level of match where the theory will be put to the test, with world number one Nadal clearly in the mood for a third Wimbledon title and Djokovic hungry for a fourth.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who has won two major trophies.

Overshadowing a match-up of such giant proportions is a tall order, but Kevin Anderson and John Isner will give it their best shot.

The victor will face Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final. I deserve it, too.

And then he claimed Nadal's serve for the win in just over five hours and 15 minutes.

And Djokovic wrapped up victory after two hours and 19 minutes, pointing his finger at the sky before taking his now customary bite of the Centre Court grass.

"At the same time I'm through to the final".

All the doomsayers against the case for Anderson winning will be putting plenty of stock on Nadal's annihilation of him in last year's US Open final.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating.

Cape Town - Novak Djokovic does not agree that he is the favourite to win Sunday's Wimbledon final against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

That in itself is clear sign the doubts which hampered the Serb on his return to the game from a six-month injury lay-off are in the past.

Djokovic respected Anderson's effort and said: "I would like to congratulate Kevin because he deserves it, and his team as well".

He will now face either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday´s final. "He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport". "At the end you feel like it's a draw but someone has to win". What can I say about that?

"I'm sorry for him", Nadal said in the press conference.

"Of course you can't predict that they play that long".

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon classic