Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson Final

Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson Final

Novak Djokovic was "overwhelmed" after beating old foe Rafael Nadal in an epic Wimbledon semi-final he concedes could have gone either way.

Isner was bidding to become the first USA man to make a Grand Slam singles final since Andy Roddick at 2009 Wimbledon, to end the nation's longest drought in his 41st career Grand Slam. If they play four sets or more in Sunday's final that translates to odds of [1.41] that we'll see a tie-break, and [3.40] that we won't; with three sets seeing those odds change to [1.89] and [2.10].

"If I was on the opposite (losing) side I don't know how you take it". Who is going to take it?

"I apologise if I´m not more excited right now". Even Anderson said he could feel during his match that the crowd would rather be watching the next one.

- Isner served 53 aces in the match, giving him a record 214 for the tournament. As an athlete, the most important thing is to keep your energy levels consistent-especially as a tennis player, where you're alone on the court for a best of five match. But in a ferocious, five-hour bout Nadal was beaten by Djokovic at the competitive All England Club in London - the same venue that has hosted the Wimbledon since 1877.

For the first time in the Open era, the semi-finals were made up exclusively of players over 30.

So although he may remain an outsider to win the title - Anderson is [5.70] to Djokovic's [1.20] - it would be unwise to ignore his chances completely.

The eighth-seeded Anderson became the first person to break the serve of ninth-seeded Isner, doing so once in the third set, twice in the fourth set and again during the fifth set.

The 33-year-old American´s composure wasn´t helped by a delay caused by a ball boy slipping and falling.

Nadal saved two break points and when he finally held, the owner of 17 major championships punched the air and yelled as if he'd won the match.

Following his defeat Friday, Isner said the time was "overdue" to institute fifth-set tiebreaks - for the good of players, fans and broadcasters alike. Pinning the Serbian in his backhand corner, Nadal's number one tactic, only plays to Djokovic's strength, and his speed and ability to not just soak up pace but send it back with interest left his opponent looking rushed.

Think of this analogy: If Isner were a football team, imagine him as having an unstoppable offense that scores a touchdown on every possession. Djokovic was pushed to five sets himself (over 2 days) against Rafael Nadal as Djokovic pushed himself past the line against his rival.

Djokovic has endured a lot of setbacks in the past year.

Nadal, 32, is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

Big matches draw attention to these tournaments, and there's no doubting that if Djokovic continues down the path he's taken at Wimbledon then we can expect a series of incredible matches over the coming tournaments.

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