Top 5 matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 1:20
Friday's showdown will be their 52nd meeting overall - the most for any pair of men and 14 more installments than Federer vs. Nadal - and first at the All England Club since 2011.
Nadal will next face Serbian star Novak Djokovic, who didn't quite have the same crowd admiration throughout his win over Kei Nishikori after appearing to lose his cool toward the chair umpire.
In yesterday's quarter-final match-ups, both players had very different matches.
- Nadal is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the third time and equal Bjorn Borg's all-time record.
"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport".
While Nadal and Djokovic are old hands at winning Slams, the man stood on the opposite side of the net in Sunday's final will be bidding to win a first major.
This time past year, few would have expected to see either man back in the last-four at the All England Club.
Nadal won his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row.
"I wanted to stay there", del Potro said afterward, "all night long".
The only match to last longer at Wimbledon was Isner's win over Nicolas Mahut in 2010, which ended 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes.
A deft lob helped Nadal take the first game of the second set, before each player held serve.
"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", said Nadal, who had reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and might have continued that run had he not squandered four set points, including one with a double fault, in the tiebreak.
"At the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day".
The video showed the three-time Wimbledon champion playing marbles with his support team.
South Africa's Kevin Anderson will square-off against John Isner.
Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said.
The market is finding it hard to split the duo, going [1.97] on Isner to triumph, and I don't think this price on the big American is far from being value.