Djokovic Wins First Set

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Isner had previously come out victorious in the longest match in history in 2010 at Wimbledon against Nicolas Mahut, which lasted 11 hours and five minutes over three days. Anderson reached his first Wimbledon final after beating John Isner in six hours and 36 minutes - it was the second longest grand slam singles match of all time - and Djokovic sealed his spot after edging out Rafael Nadal yesterday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has spoken to Kevin Anderson and wished him the best of luck ahead of the men's Wimbledon final game on Sunday.

"It's hard to pick the words". And if you have access to a radio, you can also listen to match coverage live on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The 12-time grand slam victor, who will face Anderson in Sunday's men's singles final at the All England Club, says those battles played out in his head after the win. Tennis legend and current commentator John McEnroe renewed his own calls for a change to Wimbledon's rules, both to keep the sport entertaining and also out of fairness to the players competing.

And after a shattering quarter-final exit at this year's Roland Garros, which saw his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, the Serb even considered sitting out Wimbledon where he has been champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015.


It's been a long tournament for Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.

"To win against the best player in the world, in one of the longest matches I ever played, I'm just overwhelmed".

Anderson must regroup after spending 10 hours, 50 minutes on court between his five-setters in the quarterfinals (upsetting Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set) and the semifinals. "That's an incredible achievement". "I mean, it's not easy in that setting at the end".

"It's true that the schedule was a little bit tight knowing that the first match was between two big servers". Pinning the Serbian in his backhand corner, Nadal's number one tactic, only plays to Djokovic's strength, and his speed and ability to not just soak up pace but send it back with interest left his opponent looking rushed. Fortunately, he was at the end of the court farthest from the Royal Box, where the pair of visiting Duchesses, Kate and the newly married Meghan, sat in the front row.

Anderson broke through for a 5-3 lead in the third set, ending Isner´s run of serving invincibility at this year´s Wimbledon at 110 games.


However, back roared Djokovic with a break and was soon back on level terms at 3-3.

Nadal and Djokovic will meet for the 52nd time. He's three for three on break opportunities.

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.

There's no doubt Djokovic will be a big favourite, even if he did need to play almost 2 1/2 hours Saturday while Anderson was able to rest and relax and recover.


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