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Djokovic edges ahead of Nadal in semi-final thriller

14 July 2018

After playing his worst game of the match, Djokovic then played his best, breaking Nadal with a fabulous cross-court passing shot to get the set back on serve. If Nadal gets off to a fast start, Djokovic could find himself struggling to believe that he's ready to win this type of match. However, Anderson and Isner are just beginning their fourth set, so the match between Nadal and Djoker will be delayed slightly.

"I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure", Isner said.

Williams will claim an eighth singles crown at the All England Club if she beats Germany's Angelique Kerber on Saturday and, despite approaching the age of 37, Williams looks capable of matching or even surpassing Navratilova's record haul.

Isner also broke the record for most aces at Wimbledon, hitting 214 at the tournament and 53 on Friday.

The match could not end due to a quirk of Wimbledon and two of the other Grand Slams - the fifth set cannot end in a tiebreaker.

At one point in the fifth set, a spectator shouted, "Come on, guys!"

"That definitely brings a smile to my face", said Anderson, the runner-up to Nadal at last year's U.S. Open. It goes past the 2013 semifinal encounter between Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro which ended in the Serbian's favour 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 after 4 hours and 44 minutes.

John Isner slipped earlier in the match with Kevin Anderson.

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After 6ft 8in Anderson edged the opening tie-break he eked out another break point in the second set, but once again Isner repelled it and this time the tie-break went the way of the American.

It was the kind of tennis that Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd would gladly have watched all night long. That meant Nadal and Djokovic stepped onto the court far later than expected and could only mange three sets inside three hours before play was halted for the day.

Prior to Djokovic and Nadal, though, the first semi-final takes place, although with such a big-serving nature of the two players, Kevin Anderson and John Isner, it might delay the second semi-final somewhat. "We want to see Rafa!"

Moreover, Djokovic has historically been a better grass-court player and could potentially be a little more rested, as he wasn't pushed almost as hard in his quarterfinal matchup.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

The third set was a more fraught affair that was decided by a tie-break.

But the struggle to hold serve continued into the next game with Nadal immediately regaining his break advantage with a wonderful forehand victor.

The three-time Wimbledon remains the only player on the ATP Tour capable of defeating the pair on their favoured surfaces and he relished the cooler conditions. For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this.

Djokovic edges ahead of Nadal in semi-final thriller