Djokovic channels Space Jam to reach Wimbledon final

Djokovic channels Space Jam to reach Wimbledon final

Djokovic channels Space Jam to reach Wimbledon final

Anderson's semi-final clash against John Isner proved to be one that will go down in Wimbledon folklore. Tennis legend and current commentator John McEnroe renewed his own calls for a change to Wimbledon's rules, both to keep the sport entertaining and also out of fairness to the players competing.

Anderson and Isner, who were meeting for the 12th time in their professional careers, played an extremely even bout to decide who would take on the victor of Friday's later semifinal, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match", Anderson said of the fans on Friday night. But in a ferocious, five-hour bout Nadal was beaten by Djokovic at the competitive All England Club in London - the same venue that has hosted the Wimbledon since 1877.

So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at Isner and Kevin Anderson, the man who won their Wimbledon semifinal 26-24 in the final set after more than 61/2 hours Friday, agree a switch all Grand Slam tournaments.

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.

As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational. In the six-plus hour match, he served 53 aces and hit 129 winners.

The fifth set was tight through the early going.

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For the first time in the Open era, the semi-finals were made up exclusively of players over 30.

However, the pressure of serving second was relentless and Djokovic wrapped up victory in the 18th game when Nadal speared a forehand wide. Many athletes, such as Wimbledon women's competitors Venus and Serena Williams have credited a vegan diet for improved health, higher energy levels, and faster recovery time.

It's hard to believe the quality of Sunday's men's final won't be diminished by the unusual circumstances of the semifinals that preceded it.

Nadal missed 5 break points in the decider and had to pay the price at last as 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic reached the major's final. "I'm overwhelmed", he said after the match.

Big matches draw attention to these tournaments, and there's no doubting that if Djokovic continues down the path he's taken at Wimbledon then we can expect a series of incredible matches over the coming tournaments. That should give you a good idea about why some of his matches at Wimbledon, where they do not use a tiebreaker in the fifth set, go on forever.

- Lasted six hours and 36 minutes, second-longest in grand slam history behind Isner's 2010 match vs. Mahut.

He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points. Djokovic won 16 of 19 points on his serve while Anderson already has 11 unforced errors.

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