Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

#StatAttack: 5 longest Grand Slam Tennis matches ever

#StatAttack: 5 longest Grand Slam Tennis matches ever

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament.

Spectators cheers as Kevin Anderson reacts after defeating John Isner 26-24 in the final set of their semi-final match at Wimbledon Friday. The 12-time grand slam victor dropped just two sets on his way to the semi-final but faced Spanish warrior Rafael Nadal in a gruelling semi final where both men pushed each other to the brink.

Djokovic leads Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in the other semifinal that started so late on Friday that it couldn't finish before Wimbledon's 11 p.m. curfew (despite the Centre Court roof).

He had also gone five sets to beat eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, winning the decider 13-11. For us to be out there for that length of time.

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us", added.

"I don't know if I'll be the clear favourite in that one".

Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to secure a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday but he admits he feared his best days were behind him when his career nose-dived over the past year.

"I agree with Kevin".

"Being in the top five there are appearance fees at certain tournaments while the contracts he has in place with Lotto and Srixon have performance clause bonuses that are significant when you reach a Grand Slam final‚" Duguid says. "I think it needs to be done".

After the scheduling issues that have dominated the conversation since Anderson and Isner went deep into a fifth set that eventually began to resemble Superman punching himself in the face for three hours, let's just hope that this doesn't fall flat.

"I feel that I have lost an opportunity to try to win another very important title for my career".

"Obviously if you told me that six months ago, I would take it right away".

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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. I think it's long overdue.

"That's no consolation to me".

"I need to reset as much as possible", Anderson said.

Isner was bidding to become the first US 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.

Yet they were left waiting in the locker room, hours on end, while the undercard with no end carried on. ESPN tacked four hours onto its planned coverage, seeing the Isner-Anderson match to conclusion and sticking with Nadal-Djokovic until it was halted.

He had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner, who had needed treatment for blisters on his right hand, hit long.

It certainly seems like he's back to peak form right now.

The victory means Djokovic's head-to-head record with Nadal reads 27-25 in his favour and he reflected on another absorbing contest with the Spaniard.

There were moments when Djokovic hung by a very slim thread but Nadal was unable to convert any of the five break-points he had in this set.

Djokovic has endured a lot of setbacks in the past year. In the near 15 years since Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open title, U.S. women have won a combined 21 Grand Slam titles (17 via Williams).

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, was playing in his first semi-final at the All England Club since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

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