Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Top 5 matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Top 5 matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was leading Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m., the curfew at the All England Club.

In a match lasting six hours and 35 minutes, the 32-year old South African somehow got past his 31-year-old opponent, in the longest match on Centre Court and the second longest grand slam match of all time, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. But if and when Djokovic does break serve, or win a set, or save a set point, or do something to fire himself up and sow doubt in Nadal's head, all of that could be turned upside-down in a hurry, the same way their rivalry has been turned upside-down in a hurry in the past.

Kevin Anderson will advance to the Wimbledon final on Sunday after beating John Isner in a grueling match that went on for more than six and a half hours.

Rafael Nadal will resume his match on Sunday (NZT).

Whoever wins will surely be favored in the final against either John Isner or Kevin Anderson.

"You know, a few days' rest, maybe more than that, and I'll recoup an Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain".

"I feel pretty awful".

Both players had set points on their own serve, and both were denied until Anderson scooped a forehand wide and Isner was ahead. "I'm not going to change that now", said the American.

Anderson weighed in with 49 aces to reach 172 so far.

So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at all Grand Slam tournaments.

The US Open is the only grand slam to use tiebreakers in the fifth set, with the Australian Open and French Open, like Wimbledon, both also playing advantage sets.

Great rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal must return on Saturday to finish their Wimbledon semi-final with Kevin Anderson awaiting the victor.

Furthermore, longer-term grass data also is in favour of the Serb - over the last two years, he's won 1.0% more points on serve and 2.4% more points on return, and in the last three, 1.5% more on serve and 1.8% more on return. Anderson hasn't defeated Nadal in five previous encouters, while he holds a 1-5 ledger all-time against Djokovic. "My left heel is killing me and I have an bad blister on my right foot". On Wednesday, we saw Nadal's confidence, and even his intensity, briefly wane when Juan Martin del Potro forced his way into their quarterfinal late in the second set.

Isner had nothing left to give after his 70-68 record-setter eight years ago, and lost his next match.

"They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said.

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