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Top five epic matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

The show being put on by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was so good it could have been an instant classic had they been able to finish their semi-final before the tournament's 11 pm curfew.

In what was a straight sets men's final for the third year running - featuring a multiple champion against a first time finalist - the 31 year-old Serb defeated an often exhausted looking opponent 6-2 6-2 7-6 (3) in two hours and 19 minutes.

First Kevin Anderson and John Isner played out the longest match ever seen on Centre Court - the athleticism to continue throwing down serving bombs for six-and-a-half hours an achievement in itself.

David Adair: When the Anderson v Isner match went past 25 games fifth set - you thought history and experience in marathon's made Isner favourite for the first time in the match. It had started with Centre Court's retractable roof closed and so concluded that way, too, even though there was no hint of rain. On Saturday, Djokovic slipped back into that groove to beat Nadal, which served as the boldest notice of his comeback. 'I came within a point of two pushing it to a fourth set, but playing Novak is not easy.

The 12-time Grand Slam Winner, who lifted Wimbledon trophy in 2011, 2014 and 2015, is back in a big final for the first time since 2016 USA open and is slated to have a face-off with Kevin Anderson.

He clung on to take it into a third set tiebreak which he claimed 7-3, sparking a relatively restrained celebration.

"I think I have done great work".

Djokovic is scheduled to face Anderson in the Wimbledon 2018 finals tomorrow.

Stine believes in Anderson's unfulfilled potential‚ even at the relatively advanced aged of 31 (when they started working together).

After they were locked 5-5, both players, perhaps recognising that it was aggression rather than restraint that was going to make a difference at that stage, upped their games, producing some of the finest moments of the match. "Coming from South Africa, we didn't have the funding required to establish a base in the USA where I could play a lot of tournaments and develop my game, which was important".

After the epic encounter between Kevin Anderson and John Isner, Nadal did not hit the first serve of his match until 8.09pm. He's three for three on break opportunities. It's helped him become only the second player in the Open Era, since Rod Laver's Calendar Slam in 1969, to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time after winning the French Open in 2016.

Nadal will rue missing two returns, while he got a taste of his own medicine on the second chance when Djokovic feathered a drop shot over the net. This is his second Grand Slam final, after he was the runner-up to Nadal at last year's US Open.

It was the first time in the Open era that both men's semifinals went past 6-all in the deciding set of a Grand Slam event.

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