Djokovic leads Nadal as semi-final halted by curfew

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The pair broke the record for SW19's longest ever semi-final match during the fifth set, surpassing the 2013 clash between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro, which lasted four hours and 43 minutes. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

With the time approaching 10pm, that made it highly unlikely there would be a victor on Friday and both players knew how important that third set was likely to be.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot", Isner said in his post-match press conference.

The players exchanged breaks again at the beginning of the fourth set, before Anderson grabbed a crucial break at 4-4 and served out.

The match will resume Saturday.

Isner's semifinal match is scheduled for 7 am Dallas time on Friday and can be watched on ESPN.

Williams took notice and is treating her opponent with due respect in what will be the 36-year-old's 30th grand slam final - but just her 15th match since returning to tennis after more than a year off on maternity leave. Isner and Anderson smacked 102 aces during their lengthy showdown.

"They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said. Some people in the stands booed the decision to halt the match after a fantastic tiebreaker in which Nadal wasted three set points at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7.

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American tennis player John Isner lost to Kevin Anderson in a record-setting semifinal at Wimbledon that lasted over six hours on Friday.

John Isner slipped earlier in the match with Kevin Anderson.

Prior to Djokovic and Nadal, though, the first semi-final takes place, although with such a big-serving nature of the two players, Kevin Anderson and John Isner, it might delay the second semi-final somewhat. Both were on clay, in Madrid previous 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.

The crowd had a glimpse of what was in store in just the third game, which consisted of three break points and eight deuces before Anderson held serve after 13 minutes. Or that a former Pakistani prime minister was arrested? - but observers at Centre Court were treated to a spectacle tough to pry their eyes from.

Isner, 33, stands 6ft 10in and come the final points he looked nearly too tired to move for the ball.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

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. I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.

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