Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Djokovic, who will be in his 22nd Grand Slam final, finished with 23 aces and 73 winners and triumphed despite only converting four of 19 break points. Isner also served the most number of aces among any player at 214, while Anderson is second with 172 in a single Wimbledon tournament.

At the semifinal on Friday, the result was a match between Anderson and Isner that took six hours and 36 minutes before eventually ending, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, in Anderson's favor. In a first-round Wimbledon match in 2010, Isner battled Nicolas Mahut in a fifth set that dragged out three days, finally ending in Isner's favor, 70-68.

Novak Djokovic is "overwhelmed" after denying Rafael Nadal in a titanic five-set tussle stretching over two days to reach his fifth Wimbledon final - and first grand slam title decider in nearly two years.

It was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history and longest one-day match in Wimbledon history.

"I really hope that this is a bit of a sign for Grand Slams to change this format", Anderson said after the match.

You will be able to watch the match live on Seven and can follow all the action on the Wide World of Sports live blog.

The Serb will now take on South Africa's Anderson in Sunday's showpiece - his fifth final at SW19 - with both players having to recover from their epic last-four clashes.

Psychologically, one of the most hard things to deal with in punting are the outlier results, the black-swan events that seem to defy probability and make a mockery of what we think we know about the sports we follow. "I can feel the crowd (get) pretty antsy for us to get off the court".

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In total darkness, after the 11pm curfew had brought play to a halt, Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs got together to review matters.

Although Djokovic held more convincingly for most of the first set and some of the second, Nadal in the third reverted to the drop shot that had proved so effective towards the end of his five-set win over Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, and he began to trouble his old rival in the 52nd meeting of their rivalry.

"I'm in the final of Wimbledon". "If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself".

After 48 games of serving and scrambling in an endless fifth set, Anderson broke the American in the 49th game to peddle past the finish in the 50th in what increasingly looked like tennis' version of the Tour de France.

Kevin Anderson is through to the final at Wimbledon after a grueling match against John Isner. "It's not. I'm not going to hang my hat on that, for sure", he said.

Djokovic leads the head-to-head 27-25 but trails 5-9 at Majors.

In a match, which started after 20h00 on Friday night with the Centre Court roof already shut, that had to be carried over to be completed on Saturday with Djokovic leading by two sets to one.

Djokovic wasted another three break points in the eighth game of the decider.

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