Rafael Nadal wins the second set against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal wins the second set against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal wins the second set against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal (right) braces for a "complex" Novak Djokovic in their 52nd meeting.

With Roger Federer knocked out by Kevin Anderson, who faces John Isner in the other semi-final, both Nadal and Djokovic have an ideal opportunity to add to their Slam collections.

However, they have since engaged in some epic battles and the score overall is remarkably close: Djokovic has won 26 of their matches but Nadal could level things this afternoon.

The Isner-Anderson match was the first Grand Slam men's semifinal to go past 6-all in the deciding set since the 2013 French Open, and the first at Wimbledon since 2001.

The surprise presence of Anderson and Isner means this year's Wimbledon semi-finals will feature players all over the age of 30 for the first time in the Open era.

A rematch of previous year's finals at Roland Garros, it was a gruelling five-setter match. The set stayed on serve until Del Potro secured the first break point for a 4-3 lead.

The ball was in Kevin Anderson's court when he defeated Roger Federer on Wednesday to book a semifinal spot in the 2018 Wimbledon.

The length of the first semifinal means that Djokovic's matchup with Nadal will be played under the lights on Centre Court.

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Djokovic appeared to feign hitting the ball in the umpire's direction toward the end of his four-set win. "That's a big thing", Nadal said ahead of his first last-four appearance at The All England Club since losing the title match to Djokovic seven years ago. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon. I remember chatting to Andy Murray before the tournament and we felt that...

Wayne Ferreira, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1994 but since then there has been little to celebrate from a South African perspective. until now.

The match went into the history books as longest Grand Slam final ever with a match time of five hours and 53 minutes.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players.

Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last 8 at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors.

The market is finding it hard to split the duo, going [1.97] on Isner to triumph, and I don't think this price on the big American is far from being value.

"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said.

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