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At the end of a very long Friday when nothing could be taken for granted, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added an entertaining late-night postscript to the heroics that had earlier transfixed Centre Court in the sunshine for six hours and 36 minutes, but must return on Saturday to determine who meets Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final. At least Isner left with a record 214 aces for the tournament, breaking Goran Ivansevic's mark of 213 from his wild-card title run in 2001.

"I think to get this match out of the way, to give the victor the opportunity of recovering for the final". I have an terrible blister on my right foot.

"So I apologise if I'm not more excited right now because the mix of emotions getting through something like that is quite different".

It was the first time in the Open era that both men's semifinals went past 6-all in the deciding set of a Grand Slam event.

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

Anderson pulled off the upset win over Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set match.

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.

"It's long overdue", Isner said.

"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".

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The match took a flabbergasting six hours and 36 minutes from first serve to the moment Anderson clinched the match. It was a similar tale in the fourth set where the South African broke for 3-2 only to hand the break straight back.

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"It feels like it´s a draw but somebody has to win".

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. In the six-plus hour match, he served 53 aces and hit 129 winners.

He had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner, who had needed treatment for blisters on his right hand, hit long.

Anderson will now attempt to overturn a losing record against his final opponent.

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.

Nadal and Djokovic will meet for the 52nd time.

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.

Djokovic also revealed on Instagram that he has been relying on healthy, gluten-free and plant-based foods like green juice to power him through Wimbledon. 'If you want to be able to compete on such a high level, eventually get a win against him in the big tournaments, then you have to give it all you got.'.

Djokovic, who has 12 Grand Slam titles, 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.

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