Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal - Highlighs (HD) Wimbledon 2018

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal - Highlighs (HD) Wimbledon 2018

Djokovic came back strongly after the third set debacle, producing an outstanding performance, the World No.1 sent winners from all angles and beat World No. 2 Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in a match chock-full of lengthy and fascinating points to earn the first U.S. Open championship of his career.

History books will show that Anderson came out on top in a 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-4 26-24 epic that lasted six hours and 36 minutes - the longest ever semi-final at Wimbledon - but those numbers fail to illustrate the astonishing feats of endurance shown by the two gladiators on the most famous stage in tennis.

The match lasted so long that the other men's semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets because it was so late in the evening.

Anderson is the first South African man since Brian Norton in 1921 to reach the Wimbledon final.

He also said his semi-final should have been played before the Anderson-Isner match on Friday. But they grew restless once the match passed the five-hour mark, sighing and groaning with each failure to break serve. And who is he going to end up playing against - Djokovic or Nadal?

This was Djokovic's fifth Grand Slam title and third in a row.

"Obviously I'd like to have been done a little bit earlier in terms of my recovery, playing against one of the greatest players of all time", he said.

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

The 33-year-old American is best known, of course, for beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of an 11-hour, 5-minute match that was contested over three days in Wimbledon's first round in 2010. "At the end you don´t even feel that great out there, but at the same time I´m through to the final".

Despite going on for almost seven hours, Isner was nowhere close to beating his own record for the longest tennis match history - a first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went on for more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth in 2010 also at Wimbledon.

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"If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself".

With David Attenborough, the doyen of countless BBC nature documentaries, a guest in the Royal Box, the two players tore into each other from the start like hungry lions.

He said he worked hard to stay calm like the master of tennis cool Roger Federer, but it was tough because of the high level and intensity of the match and the quality of his opponent. Still, Isner did jokingly ask chair umpire Marija Cicak at one point during the last set whether they could play a tiebreaker.

None of this will help him on Sunday in his second Grand Slam final though.

"They're getting on the court at 8:15, whatever it is".

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"I think it's long overdue".

It's also the longest match of Anderson's career in terms of total time on court.

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