Wimbledon 2018 -- Novak Djokovic advances to men's final vs. Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon 2018 -- Novak Djokovic advances to men's final vs. Kevin Anderson

In a first-round Wimbledon match in 2010, Isner battled Nicolas Mahut in a fifth set that dragged out three days, finally ending in Isner's favor, 70-68.

The lengthiest semi-final in Grand Slam history delayed the second one between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and even after starting under the roof and lights of Centre Court, they were forced to come back on Saturday to finish off their match.

I'm not sure it's been this scorching for a men's final since Andy Murray beat Djokovic in 2013 and the conditions are bound to play a part given that both players have not had long to recover from their epic semi-finals.

You may be wondering at this point why Isner continues to see himself in such marathon matches, especially at Wimbledon.

"I hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change".

The other semifinal match will still take place Friday, but the curfew for play at Wimbledon is 11 p.m. local time.

Anderson's achievements come during an unprecedented period for the South African flag at Wimbledon.

It's been a long tournament for Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.

"It's hard to pick the words, I'm just going through things, the flashbacks and everything I've been through to get here, to get to finals, to win against the best player in the world", he told BBC Sport.

His only loss was in 2008, while he has twice defeated the big-serving South African in two of his trophy-winning campaigns at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2015. "I wish I could have one".

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The 2017 US Open runner-up had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, also in five sets, saving a match point along the way. He also made the fourth round of the French Open and matched his career-best ranking of No. 9.

"I'm really, really pleased", Djokovic said.

"Right now I feel awful", the 33-year-old Isner said, noting he developed a foot blister at some point in the match.

But it was worth the wait as fans - including the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex in the front row of the Royal Box - were treated to a breathtaking deciding set at The All England Club.

The Serb led by two sets to one when play stopped at 23:02 BST on Friday.

Nadal gifted a break back with a suddenly sloppy service game but when he struck again for 5-3 Djokovic's frustration boiled over and he began hammering the sole of his shoe with his racket.

At 7-7 Djokovic double-faulted for 15-40 but again got out of that hole before a simply sensational forehand victor saved another break point.

There were moments when Djokovic hung by a very slim thread but Nadal was unable to convert any of the five break-points he had in this set.

Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot. However, the momentum shifted instantly with Djokovic dropping his serve thanks to some good returning, particularly down the line.

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