Djokovic enters Wimbledon final after epic five-set win over Nadal

John Isner of the U.S. leaves the court after being defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men's semifinal match at Wimbledon on Friday. It was a marathon game

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After a delayed start to their semi-final match yesterday evening, Djokovic and Nadal resumed their tie this afternoon with the Serb leading by two sets to one.

At 5 hours 15 minutes, Djokovic's semi-final victory against Rafael Nadal was the fifth-longest men's singles match in Wimbledon history.

The Serbian tennis player will now proceed to a final bout against South African tennis player Kevin Anderson.

John Isner of the US leaves the court after being defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men's semifinal match at Wimbledon on Friday.

After the match, Anderson called for changes to Wimbledon's rules which don't allow for a tiebreaker to be played in the fifth set.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot", Djokovic said.

This was Djokovic's fifth Grand Slam title and third in a row. "I have to say congratulations to John on a great tournament and hopefully he can come back stronger".

"You feel like it's a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win".

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are one win away from back-to-back Grand Slam titles after advancing to the Wimbledon women's doubles final with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears on Friday. "At the end you don´t even feel that great out there, but at the same time I´m through to the final".

As John Isner endured the second-longest Grand Slam match in history - and his second-longest match in Grand Slam history - he asked chair umpire Marija Cicak to end the madness with a tiebreak. I don't think he has much to lose. Nadal saved two break points and when he finally held, the owner 17 major championships, two at Wimbledon, punched the air and yelled as if hed won the match, not a solitary game.

They played until approximately 11 p.m. local time under the roof, when play was suspended.

With tiebreaks not permitted to conclude Wimbledon matches once players are knotted at six games each, Anderson and Isner were forced to play on - and on and on and on Friday - until one man took a two-game lead. Anderson won 298, while Isner took 271.

That semi-final only finished just before 8pm making it impossible for Nadal and Djokovic to finish before the 11pm curfew. Here's what he just said to a group of sports writers: "I can't say enough".

Sunday's final may not be easy on the eye, however, with Anderson having fired 172 aces so far while boasting the fourth fastest serve at 140mph (225.3 km/h).

Nadal missed 5 break points in the decider and had to pay the price at last as 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic reached the major's final.

Following his defeat Friday, Isner said the time was "overdue" to institute fifth-set tiebreaks - for the good of players, fans and broadcasters alike.

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