Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal in stands, Novak Djokovic incensed during wins

Kristopher Nichols
July 14, 2018

It also followed a semi-final defeat to Nadal at the French Open last month where he won just seven games.

World No 1 Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

Spare a thought for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, whose wait to play their own semifinal finally ended around 8 p.m. local time.

The 32-year-old Anderson will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.

The first semifinal at Centre Court, between No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 9 John Isner of the USA, features two powerful servers with similar games who have a lot less star power and considerably fewer Grand Slam trophies, to say the least: The Nadal-Djokovic combined count is 29, including five at Wimbledon.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

Nadal has 17 while Djokovic has stalled on 12 since completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016.

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In 1983, representing his home country, Curren lost in the tournament semi-finals while two years later, in 1985, he made it all the way through to the final where he lost to teenager Boris Becker.

This time a year ago, few would have expected to see either man back in the last 4 at the All England Club. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon. This was to be his last Grand Slam until 2017.

Rafael Nadal is only too familiar with the adrenaline rush that surges through his body after winning an electrifying five-set thriller in four hours and 48 minutes on Wimbledon's Centre Court. Nadal won the first set before losing the second one.

"I felt like it was getting better and better as time went on".

The video showed the three-time Wimbledon champion playing marbles with his support team.

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

Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. I knew I was in a good spot.

"I think I can keep doing damage here".

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