Kevin Anderson to face Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic wins his 13th Grand Slam

Moments later, he got to love-40 before Nadal took five points in a row to serve out the set.

Resilience has been the trademark of the Serbian.

The eighth seed Anderson made his second Grand Slam final after losing to Rafael Nadal at the 2017 U.S. Open.

The downfall from the highs of the tennis world came, and rattled him both mentally and physically.

Anderson and Djokovic have clashed six times overall with the Serb holding a 5-1 record all-time.

Djokovic recovered from a poor service game with an excellent returning one to get back to 2-3 but Nadal's forehand was at its snarling best and he broke again before fending off more break points to level the match.

Anderson finished with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

Like Anderson, Djokovic too took a hard route to this year's final. The entire top-five at the end of 2016 - Andy Murray, Djokovic, Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori - have all spent large chunks of the past year or so on the sidelines.

- Djokovic is bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title and claim sole ownership of fourth place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men's singles titles behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (xx), Pete Sampras (14) but ahead of Roy Emerson (12).

With Federer off the court, his long time competitor Nadal looked likely to take home the title. "It gets kind of ridiculous at some point".




There were other such displays of emotion from Djokovic, who is prone to yelling at himself or at his coach. "This is going to be a big initiative for me going forward", said Anderson. "People who saw the match here, it was very clear that very few things separated the two players". "We knew it was going to be a long match". I believed it, but I knew he was close and had chances.

In the second longest match in Wimbledon history, Anderson triumphed after 6 hours and 36 minutes, 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-4 26-24.

This is the longest three-set match in the history as it lasted for four hours and three minutes.

"Just playing like that in those conditions, it was really tough for both of us".

"It's been a rollercoaster ride for him but he had a day off". At Wimbledon he's shown the hunger to go a step further. Djokovic saved it before serving out successfully to double his lead. I wish I could have had one. "At the end you don´t even feel that great out there, but at the same time I´m through to the final".

People say it's gladiatorial but tennis players are not supposed to be marathon runners. I don't think he has much to lose really tomorrow.

"Hopefully I'll be able to weather the storm".

In the pros, Isner's generally gotten the better of things, leading their head-to-head series at 8-3 entering this semifinal. They have faced off twice in grand slams with Djokovic winning both encounters, incidentally at Wimbledon in 2015 and 2011.

Yet Djokovic's ferocious will to win, sprightly movement, stubborn defence and brilliant efficiency have all returned at SW19.

Novak Djokovic envies Kevin Anderson the extra night's sleep he'll have had before the pair meet in the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday.

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