Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Novak Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon title

While some other tournaments are fine with matches coming down to a fifth set tiebreaker, at Wimbledon, a player must break their opponent's serve and win the set by two games.

It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who became the first South African male to reach the Wimbledon final since 1921.

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

For now, though, let's allow Anderson the relief and joy of having won the longest Wimbledon semifinal in history by a long shot: Friday's match easily broke the previous records for number of games (72) and duration (a measly five hours and 31 minutes).

Anderson, who won the fifth set 26-24, appeared to be more annoyed. But serving in the fourth, Isner got a shock break, however Anderson would give it right bad. But while Anderson and Isner's titanic tussle was more an exercise in totting up aces, this was a cast-iron classic.

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The exhausted Anderson can only hope that another two sets of equal ferocity are required on Saturday.

The former champions began their match after 8 pm local time on Friday after Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the second-longest match in Wimbledon history. Novak finds another return winer to prolong the game and there's the second break point for him after a poor backhand from Rafa. Just playing like that in those sort of conditions, just really tough on both of us.

They eventually stepped out under a closed Centre Court roof at around 8pm, with officials keen to avoid further disruption when darkness fell.

Then, 122 minutes into the fifth set, the crowd went wild as a tired-looking Isner faced two more break points, only to save them with back-to-back aces as dark rain clouds gathered over Centre Court.

"I don't think he has much to lose really tomorrow".

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"I don't know what to say, it feels like a draw". The American giant did it again, smashing records at Wimbledon with another epic marathon.

Yet when Djokovic's serve was placed under scrutiny it promptly caved in, Nadal breaking to 15. "Somebody has to win, John is such a great guy and I really feel for him", added Anderson, who has known Isner for 14 years. "It is what it is, I'm in the final of Wimbledon and it's an incredible achievement for me".

"Congratulations to John for such a great tournament and I'm sure he'll come back stronger soon". Every time I go out there, I want to take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.

That's how the U.S. Open settles things at 6-all in the fifth set of a men's singles match - or at 6-all in the third set for women - and has since 1970. "I think it needs to be done". I played aggressive. I missed balls, not too many, but I missed some.

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.

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The eagerly-awaited confrontation between world number one Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, and Djokovic, the victor in 2011, 2014 and 2015, only started after 8pm (1900GMT) on Friday.

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