Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2018 semi-final

Juan Martin del Potro was made to work hard for his win against Gilles Simon

Nadal is through to a Grand Slam semifinal for the 5th time since turning 30, while Djokovic has reached the last 4 at a major for the first time since his 30th birthday.

Nadal and Djokovic have faced each other 51 times in total with the Serbian shading it with 26 wins but the Spaniard has won their last two meetings.

It's unclear at this stage if Djokovic and Nadal will even get on court, with Isner and Anderson showing no signs of finishing any time soon and locked at 21-21 in the fifth set at the time of writing.

Incidently, the Nadal versus Del Potro match lasted exactly the same length as Rafa's win against Roger Federer in the 2008 final.

Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6 ½ hours.

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Two sets to love and a match point down, Anderson found something from within to rally back and stun the greatest of all time.

After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

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Whoever wins will surely be favored in the final against either John Isner or Kevin Anderson. He's one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport.

Nadal and Djokovic will battle for Sunday's final on the same court at 4pm. Having dropped a set against defending champion Rafael Nadal, Djokovic's grip on the U.S. Open title appeared to slip away.

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The following year, Nadal downed the Serb, who was World No 1 at the time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in the semi-finals in Paris, this time in four hours and 37 minutes. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run.

"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players. Neither Isner nor the 6ft 8in South African (who lives in Florida with his American wife and has applied for dual citizenship) will go gently. This was Nadal's 14th Grand Slam, tying him at second with Pete Sampras and only behind Roger Federer.

Djokovic also added: 'I think it's good to have maybe shot clock for the warm-up, the walk into the court.

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