The semi-final at Wimbledon between Serbian Novak Djokovic (ATP 21) and Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ATP 1) will continue on Saturday. Shortly after 11 pm in London, the party was shut down on Friday.
Djokovic won the first set 6-4, the second went 3-6 to Nadal, and in the third set Djokovic won a tiebreak at 6-6 (11-9). Can Nadal repackage Saturday or does Djokovic finish it?
Both players had to wait a long time before they could enter the London grass, as the first semifinal at Center Court lasted 6 hours and 35 minutes.
In it, South African Kevin Anderson (ATP 8) won 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4 and 26-24 of the American John Isner (ATP 10), the second longest race ever at a grand slam tournament. After that marathon game, the roof was closed, allowing Nadal and Djokovic to continue playing until 23.05 local time.
Djokovic won the prestigious grass tournament in London three times: in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Wimbledon is twice on Nadal’s Palmares (2008 and 2010).
Anderson retired title defender Roger Federer (ATP 2) in the quarterfinals. The South African is in the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time.
Last year he lost in the final battle of the US Open of Rafael Nadal. Until this year, his best result at the All England Club was the fourth round (2014, 2015 and 2017).