Djokovic opens up on chances against Anderson

One of Wimbledon's quirky traditions came back to haunt them in a semifinal match that took over 6 hours and featured almost nothing but aces

Numerous best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point.

Anderson's opponent for the title will be Nadal or Novak Djokovic, who began their semifinal after 8 p.m. local time Friday evening.

Djokovic, starting with a 26-25 career advantage over Nadal, flourished in the fast conditions under the roof, breaking in the seventh game of the opening set.

Friday's marathon was the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon, surpassing the four hours 44 minutes it took Djokovic to beat Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.It also passed the previous mark for the second longest match at a Slam of six hours and 33 minutes which Fabrice Santoro spent seeing off Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open.

"It was really tough for both of us".

Anderson is the first South African to make a Wimbledon final since 1921.

But there were some empty seats on Centre Court and members of the crowd grew restless as they urged Isner, who is 6ft 10in, or Anderson, who is 6ft 8in, to clinch victory.

Now the giant Anderson plays 6ft 10in John Isner, with the victor a distant second favourite in the final.

Anderson almost managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set.

"If I have to compare the game that I've played, the level of tennis that I've had (all of) those years and today, I think it's pretty close".

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After the stunning result Djokovic said: "I mean, it is hard to pick the words, I am just going through things, flashbacks to the last 14 months and everything I've done to get here, to the final against one of the best players in the world, one of the longest matches of my career".

"I don't really know what to say right now", Anderson told the BBC, after winning the match on his first match points as Isner hit a forehand wide.

Nadal will regret his missed opportunity the night before, when he was in the ascendancy but passed up two set points.

Not only is Anderson far less accomplished than either of these two - he owns zero Grand Slam titles - but he also is coming off a pair of strenuous five-setters, including his 13-11 win against eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

"It's been a rollercoaster ride for him but he had a day off".

"I've known John for such a long time, he is a great guy".

"Congratulations to John for such a great tournament and I'm sure he'll come back stronger soon".

Isner hadn't been broken in London throughout his run to his first Grand Slam championship semifinal.

"It's true that the schedule was a little bit tight knowing that the first match was between two big servers", said the 32-year-old. I have so many mixed emotions getting through something like that. I don't think it's right. Could we be about to see the sixth and last break?

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

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