Novak Djokovic edges ahead in Wimbledon clash with Rafael Nadal

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And that is why despite beating Isner in the semi-final 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a spellbinding game of tennis on Friday, Anderson called for a review of Grand Slam rules that doesn't permit a tie-break in the fifth set.

Earlier, South African eighth seed Anderson outlasted American ninth seed Isner 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in the second-longest match in professional tennis history - behind only Isner's record 11-hours and five-minute first-round Wimbledon triumph over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

When Djokovic converted his second set point in the tiebreaker - having saved three of Nadal's - the clock had ticked a couple of minutes past 11.

Kevin Anderson celebrates winning a point against John Isner during their long semifinal match Friday at Wimbledon.

The victor of Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic awaits Anderson in Sunday's final.

Although Djokovic held more convincingly for most of the first set and some of the second, Nadal in the third reverted to the drop shot that had proved so effective towards the end of his five-set win over Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, and he began to trouble his old rival in the 52nd meeting of their rivalry.

How do you sum up Kevin Anderson and John Isner's Wimbledon semi-final?

"Watching these guys, I was in the training room getting my blister taken care of, and they're moving like gazelles out there".

In the fourth set things went with serve until the fifth game, where Isner broke, but Anderson claimed the American's serve the very next game to make it 3-3. "With Anderson standing 6'8" and Isner two inches taller still, both men are capable of hammering down aces at will and have done so throughout the Championships. I was pretty close to making a Grand Slam final, and it didn't happen, so.

Isner then shrugged off needing treatment on a blistered serving hand, found time to usher a ladybird to safety before levelling the match in another tiebreak off his 19th ace. At 13-13 in the final set, one spectator screamed "we want to see Rafa!" The couple have a son who is now the highest ranked 14-year-old in Sweden.

That "endless match" prompted officials to erect a plaque on Court 18 to commemorate the feats of the two players.

Anderson is 0-5 in his career against Nadal, with his last bout coming in a three-set loss at the 2017 U.S. Open.

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.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too". For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this.

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