Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Semi-final

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

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.

Nadal is similarly battle-hardened after outlasting Juan Martín del Potro in the best match of the men's draw so far, a judgment handed down from the BBC commentary box by Andy Murray.

John Isner found himself involved in another record-breaking Wimbledon epic Friday as his semifinal with Kevin Anderson became the second-longest singles match in Wimbledon history.

Federer's quest for a ninth title at Wimbledon came to a dramatic end with just his fifth defeat from two sets up in an unparalleled 20-year, 1415-match career.

But moments before publication of this post, Anderson broke Isner's serve to take a 25-24 lead, and bring this match close to a merciful conclusion. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against Novak Djokovic.

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This time a year ago, few would have expected to see either man back in the last-four at the All England Club.

That match spanned 11 hours and five minutes, with Isner eventually triumphing 70-68 in an astounding final set.

Djokovic's 2017 Wimbledon campaign ended in a quarterfinal retirement with an elbow injury which led to surgery and precipitated a worrying dip in form and confidence.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", said Nadal, who had reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and might have continued that run had he not squandered four set points, including one with a double fault, in the tiebreak. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.

"I felt like it was getting better and better as time went on". Both players hold well over 90% of the time on grass, as well as being below-average returners, and tiebreaks are again likely.

The first men's semifinal has started at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S.

Roger Federer seemed to be on a run at Wimbledon.

"It´s not good for me".

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

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