Wimbledon: Kevin Anderson v John Isner no classic

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were unable to finish a fascinating late-night encounter under the roof at Wimbledon on Friday, with the Serb leading by two sets to one. Watch Nadal vs Djokovic live stream online on ESPN TV this morning at 11 am EST / 8 am PST for what could and hopefully will be a five set marathon to determine the victor. There was the deluge of aces (more than 100, in fact), the three tiebreakers, the final set that itself lasted almost three hours. Isner served to start the fifth set, for which there is no tiebreaker, and both players continued to hold serve game after game.

"John is a great guy and I really feel for him".

In a Wimbledon men's singles semifinal match that experienced three tiebreakers and a fifth set that lasted 50 games, the margin for error was slim as could be. But with the set tied at 24, Anderson finally broke Isner's serve to make it 25-24. With the score tied at 6-6, a tiebreaker was needed to separate the two players, which Anderson went on to win 8-6.

"At the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day".

The victor of the match will face off against the victor of John Isner and Kevin Anderson.

Most, but not all, signs point to an Isner win in this battle of the geriatric-i.e., over 30-giants.

The players exchanged breaks again at the beginning of the fourth set, before Anderson grabbed a crucial break at 4-4 and served out. Rather than giving up the point and settling for 15-15, Anderson scrambled to his feet, picking up his racket with his left hand and sending back a forehand return.

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Firstly, Anderson won a six hour and 36 minute slogfest against Isner in the second-longest singles clash ever in grand slam history.

However, soon after Djokovic had gone on social media to show he had been reduced to playing a game of marbles on the locker room floor - a message punctuated with three laughing emojis - Anderson delivered the knockout blow to reach the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

On Friday, Isner will play in his first Grand Slam semifinal against South African Kevin Anderson - who yesterday knocked World No. 1 Roger Federer out of the tournament in a stunning upset.

Nadal will rue missing two returns, while he got a taste of his own medicine on the second chance when Djokovic feathered a drop shot over the net.

Isner's 53 aces meant he beat Goran Ivanisevic's Wimbledon record haul - the Croatian sent down 213 in 2001 - but the 214th he served was his last of the tournament. "For a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career", Isner said.

Could we be about to see the sixth and last break of a match that would end up with 90 holds?

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