Anderson in final after a marathon duel with Isner

Milos Raonica

Milos Raonica

Remarkably, the only Wimbledon semi-final that has ever been longer in the tournament's history was the first this year, between John Isner and Kevin Anderson.

Friday proved to be another long day for Anderson, who said after the match that he hoped the 50-game fifth set would be "a sign for Grand Slams to change".

Big matches draw attention to these tournaments, and there's no doubting that if Djokovic continues down the path he's taken at Wimbledon then we can expect a series of incredible matches over the coming tournaments.

"Obviously I'd like to have been done a little bit earlier in terms of my recovery, playing against one of the greatest players of all time", he said. I don't think he has much to lose really. "I really feel for John", added Anderson, who has now made his second final at a Slam after finishing runner-up to Nadal at last year's US Open.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too. At the end you don´t even feel that great out there, but at the same time I´m through to the final".

The ridiculous length of the Anderson-Isner clash left Nadal and Djokovic waiting until 8pm local time before stepping on court for their box office semi-final.

He has also only lost one match against Anderson in six meetings, and given the fact that Anderson has just come through to marathon five-setters, most will be expecting the former world number one to come out on top.

Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1).

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He'll face Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is seeking a 5th final at the All England Club and 22nd at the Slams.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon. The defeat especially stings because marathon play is nothing new to the 33-year-old American. The most important came with Isner serving at 24-24.

A superb forehand into the ad corner gave him a second chance to take the set on his own serve, but an exchange of drop-shots brought fans to a frenzy.

It was a similar tale in the fourth set where the South African broke for 3-2 only to hand the break straight back. Given the drama of Anderson's prolonged tie-break-fest against John Isner, that is no certainty. Djokovic converted his game point and urged the crowd to its feet, Nadal converted a smash and raised his arms aloft.

And after a shattering quarter-final exit at this year's Roland Garros, which saw his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, the Serb even considered sitting out Wimbledon where he has been champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former U.S. college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic.

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