Novak Djokovic stuns world in incredible Wimbledon semi-final against Rafael Nadal

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The first game, which took a long 16 minutes, set the tone for the match, with Djokovic severely testing the Nadal serve, but after five deuces and two break-points, the Spaniard managed to hold. In the semi-final he won 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24.

Djokovic's semi-final had to be played over two days because of the towering South African's record-breaking against John Isner that lasted six hours and 36 minutes.

After six hours and 35 minutes of an epic Wimbledon semi-final‚ Kevin Anderson's team will use every minute to prepare him‚ both mentally and physically for his first final at SW19 on Sunday.

Isner, who has now competed in the two longest matches in Wimbledon history, also called for change. "I had surgery when I was quite young, and my dad, who coached me throughout my career, said, 'learn to play left-handed.' I didn't know that was going to come into play at this point in my career, at this stage, but that was obviously a vital point for me in the end". John´s a great guy. I have an bad blister on my right foot.

The duo resumed their match at 13:00 GMT yesterday afternoon as the Wimbledon curfew forced the showdown to be postponed on Friday.

While Anderson and Isner's record-setting tussle was more an exercise in totting up aces, this was a cast-iron classic. In game number 49 of the final set, Anderson had opened the door just a crack on an Isner service game, winning the first point and managing to return Isner's bullet on the next point. From a mental standpoint, Kevin Anderson's post-match interview with the BBC is a good indication of how draining a match like that is on the mind. Anderson deserves credit for his accomplishments, but Djokovic won the tougher semifinal and surely he's the better player, having at this point overcome the injury issues that dogged him in previous months.

Today will be his third consecutive match against a top-12 player after he beat Roger Federer and John Isner.

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With Anderson and Isner, known as two of the most powerful servers in the tournament, it was predictably hard for either player to break the other's serve.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

If Wimbledon's 2018 men's championship is remembered for anything, it may be its role in bringing about fifth-set tiebreaks. The defeat especially stings because marathon play is nothing new to the 33-year-old American.

Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace.

But serving for the set, Anderson's second serve was tested and Isner attacked at the net like he had so often in the match, and got the break right back.

He had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner, who had needed treatment for blisters on his right hand, hit long.

Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

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