Same old, same old as Nadal wins another five-set nail-biter

Hope Soto
July 14, 2018

Ten years on from that remarkable contest, which is widely considered as "the greatest ever tennis match", Nadal was again celebrating another All England Club success with the same broad match details.

The men's tennis is set to witness two greats of the game, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, take on each other in the semis clash today. Djokovic owns 12 Slam trophies, three from Wimbledon.

This will be the 52nd time they meet on the court ever since they turned professionals.

World No 1 Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

When asked about how he felt about facing Djokovic, the 32-year-old Nadal acknowledged that it was always a big challenge to face his 31-year-old opponent. His performance matched his flawless season as he won his third Grand Slam of the calendar year. The fifth set at Wimbledon isn't decided by a tiebreaker, and the two players eventually set a record for playing the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history - with no end in sight.

When he lost in the French Open quarterfinals to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato last month, he even suggested he was ready to skip Wimbledon this year as his ranking slipped to 22, his lowest since August 2006.

Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

A rematch of previous year's finals at Roland Garros, it was a gruelling five-setter match.

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Kevin Anderson has won the first set of his Wimbledon semifinal against John Isner 7-6 (6).

Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch Wimbledon matches as they happen. "In some ways he deserves to go through too".

He'll need to get past Nadal first.

Wimbledon 2018 has been nothing short of a spectacle so far.

Isner won the longest match at Wimbledon - or any other tournament - when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes in 2010. And while many will be mourning the absence of a Federer-Nadal final, this more than fills the hole.

Novak Djokovic will be in trouble if he does not play with aggression.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Djokovic took to his Instagram account to show what he is up to in the locker room.

The unforgiving match had sent Del Potro tumbling to the grass on more than one occasion.

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