Wimbledon 2018: Djokovic downs Nadal in epic semifinal match

The 12-time Grand Slam winner is back in a major final for the first time since the 2016 US Open.

Novak Djokovic will face Kevin Anderson in his fifth Wimbledon final after the three-time champion beat world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 on Saturday.

Djokovic led by two sets to one when play was halted on Friday evening and the Serb returned under the Centre Court roof to win the second longest men’s semi-final in Wimbledon history at five hours and 14 minutes.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2011, 2014 and 2015, is back in a major final for the first time since the 2016 US Open.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fought out the second longest semifinal ever played at Wimbledon on Saturday, just a day after Kevin Anderson and John Isner had set the record for the longest.

Anderson and Isner’s epic on Friday ran to 6 hours and 36 minutes, the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played.

On Saturday, Nadal and Djokovic went past the previous second longest of 4 hours and 44 minutes when Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro in 2013.

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