Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to extend record at Wimbledon

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

You then have the six-hour epic in the 2012 Australian Open final, which went Djokovic's way, the 2013 French Open semi-final, which went Nadal's way.

Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, meet in a highly anticipated Wimbledon semi-final at about 16:30 BST on Friday.

The first semifinal at Centre Court, between No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 9 John Isner of the US, 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 two will play at Wimbledon on Friday for the third time, with their record an even 1-1.

John Isner and Kevin Anderson are on Centre Court, competing for a place in the Wimbledon final.

"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport".

Spare a thought for poor old Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

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Now it's World No. 1 Nadal facing a Djokovic who is enjoying a renaissance of his own.

They last met at the Queen's Club Championships. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.

But Nadal was first to break in the deciding set and he built a 5-3 advantage with a looped forehand victor before confirming his final four place with a volley after four hours and 48 minutes. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.

Isner double-faulted to set up a set point for Anderson when serving at 5-4, but he saved it with a 129 miles per hour second serve that the South African couldn't return.

The pair have produced some of the greatest matches ever seen - which include memorable Grand Slam finals and career-defining victories. He said he's not done with the tournament. Both players hold well over 90% of the time on grass, as well as being below-average returners, and tiebreaks are again likely.

Anderson is the first South African to make the last 4 since Kevin Curren in 1983. The surprise elimination of Roger Federer has opened the door for any of the four remaining players to step through it and raise the Wimbledon trophy. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

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