Wimbledon 2018 -- Novak Djokovic advances to men's final vs. Kevin Anderson

John Isner had nothing left in the tank

John Isner had nothing left in the tank

Rafael Nadal said he was proud and had nothing to reproach himself for after losing a top-quality Wimbledon semi-final to great rival Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

The second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be concluded on Saturday after such a long wait for Anderson and Isner to conclude their incredible match.

As if surviving a six-hour, 36-minute marathon was not enough punishment for his body, Kevin Anderson is now hoping his "sore" and "swollen" feet, and "jelly-like" legs will be able to withstand one final test in Sunday's men's final at Wimbledon.

Anderson spent a total of 21 hours on the court prior to Sunday's finals, and said in a post-match interview he would have given "another 21 hours" to have the opportunity to play.

Afterwards, Anderson told the BBC: "I don't know what to say, just playing in those conditions was really tough on both of us".

The final scorecard was 6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8 in Djokovic's favour.

Nadal, meanwhile, is appearing in his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011.

After 6ft 8in Anderson edged the opening tie-break he eked out another break point in the second set, but once again Isner repelled it and this time the tie-break went the way of the American.

Repeatedly, the answer was "No", even when Anderson smacked a return victor at Isner's feet to get to break point at 7-7, 30-40.

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Kevin Anderson has qualified for the semi-finals of Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in his career. Anderson broke Isner's serve for the first time in 110 service games at Wimbledon earlier in the set.

There's no doubt Djokovic will be a big favorite, even if he did need to play almost 2 hours Saturday while Anderson was able to rest and relax and recover.

This time, there was to be no tiebreak as the final set at Wimbledon is traditionally decided by a difference of two games.

In a contest pitting two of tennis' biggest servers on Wednesday, Isner was out-aced by a tally of 31-25 but did not get broken once during the two-hour, 42-minute match, reports Efe.

Anderson had won 13-11 in a decider to knock out defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, so he knew his way around a lengthy match as well, but his legs must be feeling the strain now. The Centre Court roof was closed so that the players could continue to play under the lights.

And Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam victor, thinks he is not the favourite heading into his biggest match in recent years. It's been a roller-coaster for him in the last couple of rounds but he had a day off and that means a lot.

Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from going on and on and on - and that's precisely what Isner and Anderson did, often thanks to one ho-hum hold after another.

"Of course I am not happy with the final result". I have not much more inside me. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot.

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