Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson wins men's semifinal match

14 July, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

- All four semi-finalists are aged 30 or over - the first time in the Open era that the men's singles semis at a Grand Slam have been contested exclusively by players over 30.

And while Nadal is back on top of the world after snaring an 11th French Open title last month, Djokovic believes he too is approaching his vintage best again after a turbulent two years in which he relinquished all four grand slam trophies that he once held simultaneously.

Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday's match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments.

Incidently, the Nadal versus Del Potro match lasted exactly the same length as Rafa's win against Roger Federer in the 2008 final. The players who defeated him at Wimbledon in recent years are those who go out there with all guns blazing, such as Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown and Lukas Rosol.

World number one 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.

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Kevin Anderson was just 3-8 against John Isner heading into the semifinals.

"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport".

Now it's World No. 1 Nadal facing a Djokovic who is enjoying a renaissance of his own.

They played each other at college - still the main nursery for professional tennis in the United States - and have met 11 times on the Tour.

Nadal had not dropped a set at the tournament until the quarterfinals where he fought back to defeat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. The final score line read 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in favor of the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

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"I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass court season", Djokovic said.

South African eighth seed Anderson, 32, has reached a major final before, losing to Nadal in last year's US Open showpiece.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed. In the United States, the match is scheduled to start after the John Isner vs Kevin Anderson match and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Rafael Nadal said he "feels sorry" for Roger Federer following his shock Wimbledon exit.

"After surgery I didn't think it was going to take me so much time to really get on the desired level".

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"I know he's playing very well", the Spaniard said.

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