Fans witness history as longest semi-final unfolds on Centre Court

Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2 6-2 7-6 on Sunday

Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2 6-2 7-6 on Sunday

Djokovic raced out to a strong opening set, but Nadal found his bearings and his forehand in the second.

Anderson, who saved a match point against Federer, will await the Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic victor.

The eighth seed will face either twice champion Rafael Nadal or three-times victor Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational.

8 seed, regularly fired aces against record serving American John Isner for a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9), 4-6, 26-24 victory on Centre Court.

"These kind of matches between probably two great players, playing so well both of us, anything could happen".

In the fifth set, Anderson broke Isner's serve at 24-24 to take command.

Anderson will now attempt to overturn a losing record against his final opponent.

Nadal is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title which would put him just two behind Roger Federer who was sensationally knocked out in the quarter-finals by Kevin Anderson. Novak is in the range as well, hitting a return victor for a deuce and he creates a break point, only to be denied by Nadal's service victor, as often when he was in danger in this match.

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There's no doubt Djokovic will be a big favorite, even if he did need to play almost 2 hours Saturday while Anderson was able to rest and relax and recover.

While Nadal hasn't really been off the scene at all, Djokovic is ending a string of five straight majors in which he didn't play a semifinal match - his longest such stretch since 2006.

The eight time Wimbledon champion lost to South African tennis star Kevin Anderson by 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11.

When it was all done and dusted, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration - all Anderson had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second longest match ever contested at the All England Club.

This time, there was to be no tiebreak as the final set at Wimbledon is traditionally decided by a difference of two games.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot", Djokovic said.

"For the first time in my life I have someone screaming, 'Daddy, daddy, '" the champion said, as the camera zoomed in on his son and wife clapping in the crowd. "I can say he deserve (the win), because he deserve it". I apologize if I'm not more excited right now.

When Nadal made two unforced errors on his trusty forehand in the next game Djokovic was two points from victory - but Nadal slammed the door with four first serves. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued.

The match was the second longest ever at a Slam, and so to was the 50-game fifth set, both coming up short to the Isner-Mahut epic. 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.

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