Nadal-Djokovic: Day 2 beckons

Rafael Nadal celebrates his quarter-final win at Wimbledon

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The Serbian superstar resisted a ferocious fightback Nadal to outlast the world No.1 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9-11) 3-6 10-8 in the second-longest semi-final in the championships' 150-year history.

Kevin Anderson and John Isner called for Grand Slam chiefs to introduce a cut-off point for final set marathons after their Wimbledon semi-final entered the record books as the second longest ever singles match at a major.

That meant Djokovic's last-four match against long-time rival Rafael Nadal did not start until 20:00 BST on Friday, resuming on Saturday when the Serb completed a five-set win after five hours and 16 minutes on court.

IF Kevin Anderson and John Isner stunned the world with the longevity of their semi-final, then Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic left everyone in awe with the sheer quality of the tennis they produced.

Though Nadal and Federer fans will no doubt have loved the past 18 months, it had become a little bit of a bore of them just rotating who would ease to Grand Slam titles.

But the other three Grand Slam tournaments all play on until one player wins by two games.

"I don't think he has much to lose really tomorrow".

"John's such a great guy and I really feel for him because if I'd been on the opposite side, I don't know if I could take that, playing for so long and coming up short".

Djokovic hasn't won a major in more than two years, dealing with an injured right elbow that was so painful in 2017 he quit his quarterfinal at Wimbledon and sat out the rest of the season. "At the end, you don't even feel that great out there".

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The match took a flabbergasting six hours and 36 minutes from first serve to the moment Anderson clinched the match. The momentum was with Nadal but Djokovic's serve kept him just about out of danger. It was the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history and set off a new round of debates regarding rule changes.

Is it time for a final set tie-break to be brought in at all the Grand Slams to avoid a scoreline like 26-24?

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon.

"A couple times I lost my cool, then I lost my serve, then a set".

It was a similar tale in the fourth set where the South African broke for 3-2 only to hand the break straight back. Wimbledon, along with the Australian and French opens, insist that play continues if the fifth set is knotted at 6-6 until one man leads by two games.

"He's (Anderson) definitely playing the tennis of his life".

He stands at 0-5 with Nadal and 1-5 against Djokovic.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former U.S. college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world number one Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic.

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