Same old, same old as Nadal wins another five-set nail-biter

Jul 14, 2018, 01:24
Same old, same old as Nadal wins another five-set nail-biter

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.

You then have the six-hour epic in the 2012 Australian Open final, which went Djokovic's way, the 2013 French Open semi-final, which went Nadal's way.

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.

Wimbledon 2018 has been nothing short of a spectacle so far.

The victor between Anderson and Isner, meanwhile, will go second on the Open era list for most attempts before reaching the Wimbledon final behind Marin Cilic, who set the record a year ago after reaching the final on his 11th Wimbledon appearance. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself. It's the 12th matchup between No. 8 seed Anderson and No. 9 Isner, who leads the head-to-head 8-3.

One that is reminiscent of Nadal's five-set classic against Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. "He is one of the more complex players that I've ever seen in our sport".

Nadal has 17 major titles, two at the All England Club.

After Nadal squandered four set points in the third set tiebreak, with a double fault on one of them, Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another astonishing upset on day nine of the championships.

Standing in his way is the considerable obstacle of the 12-time grand slam champion Djokovic, who has looked rejuvenated this fortnight after a hard couple of years. Yet the latter is in the better form overall and remains formidable once he gets to the business end of a tournament.

The only match to last longer at Wimbledon was Isner's win over Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which ended 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players.

Kevin Anderson has won the first set of his Wimbledon semifinal against John Isner 7-6 (6).

Anderson is the first South African to make the last 4 since Kevin Curren in 1983.

While Nadal's rivalry with Roger Federer may be considered as the most engaging, it is the Spaniard's rivalry with Djokovic which is the most enduring. "I'm a different person, different player today", Djokovic said.

Have been I think a great level of tennis and good show.

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