Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon semi-final to resume on Saturday

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So when Anderson left Centre Court, well aware that his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory earned him the chance to win his first Grand Slam title at age 32, the South African said: "At the end, you feel like this is a draw between the two of us".

It also passed the previous mark for the second longest match at a Slam of six hours and 33 minutes which Fabrice Santoro spent seeing off Arnaud Clement in the 2004 French Open.

Isner won the longest match in tennis history, defeating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of the first round at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Anderson, who knocked off reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinal round, will now take on another behemoth of men's tennis in Sunday's championship match.

Anderson next faces Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

However, soon after Djokovic had gone on social media to show he had been reduced to playing a game of marbles on the locker room floor - a message punctuated with three laughing emojis - Anderson delivered the knockout blow to reach the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking. It's really tough on both of us.

As a result, where wasn't much aesthetics involved and the longest rally during the whole match was nine shots but both men had their moments of brilliance, with Anderson impressing with some of his backhand winners.

"Most of the crowd would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker too". "For a lot of people, that's definitely the lasting image of my career", Isner said. Both were on clay, in Madrid past year and in Rome as recently as May and the top seed regained his composure in the second set converting two out of three opportunities to break serve and level the last-four contest at one set apiece.

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"I really hope we can look at this and address this because in the end you don't even feel that great out there", the eighth seed said.

With a spot in the Wimbledon final on the line, the two power players beat each other to a standstill in a match that stretched nearly seven hours.

Anderson eventually won the tiebreaker with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 victory on Centre Court, making him the first South African male to reach a final since 1921.

Furthermore, longer-term grass data also is in favour of the Serb - over the last two years, he's won 1.0% more points on serve and 2.4% more points on return, and in the last three, 1.5% more on serve and 1.8% more on return.

"I personally think a sensible option would be 12-All".

In the 50th game, Isner took down the opening point before Anderson captured the next four - including two on aces. But with the set tied at 24, Anderson finally broke Isner's serve to make it 25-24. That means, should the remainder of Nadal and Djokovic's match last longer than an hour - which, judging by what they dished up today, is a very real possibility - then the women's final will be delayed.

After winning the first set, Anderson then lost the following two sets, with the first three sets all needing a tie-breaker to separate the two men.

Easy or not, Nadal is into the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in 2011.