Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

Jul 14, 2018, 01:22
Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

The grand slam heavyweights will square off for a record 52nd time on Friday night, but first time at a major since the 2016 French Open quarter-finals. However, I am utterly shocked that the markets are finding it hard to split Nadal and today's opponent, Novak Djokovic, for the second semi-final, which will commence no earlier than 1500 United Kingdom time.

Rafael Nadal is bracing for another titanic battle with Novak Djokovic as tennis's most abiding rivalry returns to Wimbledon's Centre Court for a blockbuster semi-final.

Nadal will next face Serbian star Novak Djokovic, who didn't quite have the same crowd admiration throughout his win over Kei Nishikori after appearing to lose his cool toward the chair umpire.

Kevin Anderson outlasted John Isner in the second longest match ever played at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set of their semifinal 26-24 after more than 6 ½ hours.

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Through five wins in London, the 31-year-old has dropped just two sets and has wrapped up every match in less than three hours. It's the 12th matchup between No. 8 seed Anderson and No. 9 Isner, who leads the head-to-head 8-3. "He is one of the more complex players that I've ever seen in our sport".

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a matchup that brings a lot of memories. Nadal was back to needing one game to claim the set.

After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal's ideal preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve. Yet the latter is in the better form overall and remains formidable once he gets to the business end of a tournament.

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

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A deft lob helped Nadal take the first game of the second set, before each player held serve.

Anderson is the first South African to make the last 4 since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last-eight at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors.

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's". I knew I was in a good spot.

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