Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Nadal-Djokovic match suspended after 3rd set

Nadal-Djokovic match suspended after 3rd set

Novak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal under the Centre Court roof before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused with the contest balanced on a knife-edge on Friday. Returning Anderson's serve with a Djokovic-like brilliance, Isner had three break-points in the third game of the set, losing one of them to an undemanding backhand volley that he hit wide.

Considering how Nadal and Djokovic played today, there's every chance they'll at least play for another couple of hours which would have to push back the women's final.

The game dragged on for a total of six hours and 36 minutes, with the final set alone taking two hours and 54 minutes.

"You feel like this is a draw for the two of us, but somebody has to win."

And that is why despite beating Isner in the semi-final 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a spellbinding game of tennis on Friday, Anderson called for a review of Grand Slam rules that doesn't permit a tie-break in the fifth set. 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.

It seems they saved the best for the last, rattling off one good hold after another in the deciding set, with no deuces or break points in the opening 14 games, staying locked up at 7-7 before Isner saved a break point in the 15th game to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard.

"Honestly, I really hope this is a bit of a sign for grand slams to change the five sets".

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Isner's 53 aces meant he beat Goran Ivanisevic's Wimbledon record haul - the Croatian sent down 213 in 2001 - but the 214th he served was his last of the tournament.

Known for his marathon matches, the ninth-seeded Isner lost to the eight-seeded Anderson in a grueling six-hour-and-36-minute match, with the final set alone lasting for almost three hours.

Many would argue Anderson and Isner deserve similar recognition after the friends warmly embraced at the net before receiving a standing ovation from tennis's most famous centre-court crowd.

Anderson and Isner go way back, to their days when they played in college, Isner at Georgia, Anderson at IL. Watch Nadal vs Djokovic live stream online on ESPN TV this morning at 11 am EST / 8 am PST for what could and hopefully will be a five set marathon to determine the victor.

"I don't really know what to say right now".

The momentum was with Nadal but Djokovic's serve kept him just about out of danger.

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