Djokovic opens up on chances against Anderson

by Steven Clarke July 17, 2018, 22:55
Djokovic opens up on chances against Anderson

The match lasted five hours 15 minutes making it the second longest Wimbledon semi-final after the six hour 36 minute marathon won by South Africa's Kevin Anderson against John Isner on Friday.

Let's start with the score: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9) 6-4, 26-24.

Following Federer's shock exit Nadal will now face Novak Djokovic in a massive semi-final clash, whilst Kevin Anderson will take on the ninth-seeded John Isner.

"You feel like it's a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win". John's a great guy. "I've been saying before I understand chair umpires sometimes make decisions that we don't agree with, that can be objectively right or wrong. I know if you don't play very well, you will not have the chance to win".

"I apologise if I'm not more excited right now, it's just coming through something like that leaves so many mixed emotions". "For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this", he said.

There were a total of 102 aces in a match with Isner serving 53 aces and Anderson serving 49.

U.S. player John Isner reacts against South Africa´s Kevin Anderson during the final set tie-break of their men´s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon, July 13, 2018.

Anderson is trying to follow up his five-set win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, with both men appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club. At stake is a place in Sunday's men's final against the man who was partly at fault for keeping Nadal and Djokovic out there so late.

But he made the flawless start, reading the Anderson serve immediately and breaking in the opening game when the South African double-faulted.

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. Midway through the deciding set Isner, half-jokingly, half-seriously, asked umpire Marija Cicak if they could just play a tie-break. The 33-year-old American's composure wasn't helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling.

Then, as is typical when it comes to matches for Isner at Wimbledon, neither he nor his opponent would relent in the fifth. More importantly, he has the big serve on this fast Wimbledon court to turn the match into a marathon.

Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, was a point away from taking a commanding two-set lead.

"At the same time, I'm through to the finals - wow, what can I say about that!" While Nadal has never lost against either and Djokovic has a sizeable winning record against both as well, conditions are favouring the big servers this year.

This is Kevin Anderson for you, the star of Wimbledon 2018 semi-final and now a Wimbledon 2018 finalist.

Djokovic, who has been battling an elbow injury this year and has seen his world ranking slip as a result, has three Wimbledon titles to his name and 12 Grand Slam titles in total.

Victory on Friday would put him in a sixth Wimbledon final and 25th at the majors.

Victory for Nadal would move him a step closer to a fourth major title in seven events, while for Djokovic it would mark him being on the cusp of a return to the sport's top table.

Williams missed the tournament a year ago while pregnant.


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