Top five epic matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 1:23
It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open a year ago to Rafael Nadal. Nadal is through to a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time since turning 30 while Djokovic has reached the last-four at a major for the first time since his 30th birthday.
But win or lose the Serbian will underline his name in the record books because no two players have met more often in the Open era than Djokovic and Nadal: in second place sit Djokovic and Roger Federer who have clashed 46 times.
Nadal will next face Serbian star Novak Djokovic, who didn't quite have the same crowd admiration throughout his win over Kei Nishikori after appearing to lose his cool toward the chair umpire.
The first semifinal at Centre Court, between No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 9 John Isner of the US, features two powerful servers with similar games who have a lot less star power and considerably fewer Grand Slam trophies, to say the least: The Nadal-Djokovic combined count is 29, including five at Wimbledon.
"I think we were quite even to the middle of the third set, then I managed to step up and play up a gear, really end up this match really well".
A rematch of previous year's finals at Roland Garros, it was a gruelling five-setter match.
One that is reminiscent of Nadal's five-set classic against Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test. Djokovic has dropped only two sets all tournament. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.
John Isner is one set away from his first Grand Slam final, despite finally having his serve broken for the first time at Wimbledon.
After winning each of his first four matches in less than two hours and 25 minutes, Nadal needed just about double that-four hours and 48 minutes-to take down Juan Martin del Potro in five sets (7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.
South African eighth seed Anderson, 32, has reached a major final before, losing to Nadal in last year's US Open showpiece.
"I didn't want to finish the match like that", said Del Potro, who hit 77 winners. The final score line read 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in favor of the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.
Have been I think a great level of tennis and good show.