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The match was watched by a crowd that included the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex, who had front-row seats in the Royal Box.

In his post-match interview, Djokovic said this championship was special because his son was in the stands. If I was on the opposite side I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming out short... getting through something like that is quite different.

When asked how he would recover and play in the final Sunday, Anderson said: "It's tough, I really don't know". Between that and the energy-sapper against Isner, it's hard to imagine how Anderson will have much left for Sunday's final, his second at a major.

That was due to the opening semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner taking 6 hours and 36 minutes to complete. Anderson, who came into the last-four clash as the man who broke the Roger Federer serve for the first time in the Swiss' 2018 campaign, appeared to have lost some sting on his own serve in the third, while Isner, who was running away with games on his deliveries, seemed to have the edge.

As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational.

The American's response was immediate, breaking straight back in the next game as Anderson served for a two sets to love lead at 5-3.

Djokovic gives Nadal a challenge no other player can.

And he made it clear Grand Slam tournament organisers should consider a rule change - perhaps introducing a tie-break at 6-6 - to make the deciding set of five-set matches less gruelling.

The final scorecard was 6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8 in Djokovic's favour.

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However the American kept escaping 0-30 hole after 0-30 hole.

Additionally, Anderson called for a change in the tournament format so that players won't have to go through such long matches.

The atmosphere, in sharp contrast to Friday's slug-fest, was electric.

Two games later the indomitable Spaniard's stumble let in Djokovic and this time there was no way back. Djokovic saved that set point but Nadal earned another with a whipped forehand victor.

Again Djokovic resisted, and again at 8-7 down. Anderson moved to his first Wimbledon final as Isner produced his 59th unforced error. It's been a roller-coaster for him in the last couple of rounds but he had a day off and that means a lot. "I wish I could have one".

"But I'm in the final of Wimbledon and it's an incredible achievement for me after what I've been through". "I think it needs to be done". "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued.

"I've nothing to complain about".

"John is a great guy and I feel for him", Anderson told the BBC after Friday's match.

"I believe that strongly, for our sport to continue to have as many people as possible watching". I've felt better before.

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