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14 July 2018, 01:24 | Tracey Rhodes
Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals
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It's unclear at this stage if Djokovic and Nadal will even get on court, with Isner and Anderson showing no signs of finishing any time soon and locked at 21-21 in the fifth set at the time of writing.
- The victor between Kevin Anderson and John Isner will go second on the Open era list for most attempts before reaching the Wimbledon final behind Marin Cilic, who set the record past year after reaching the final on his 11th Wimbledon appearance.
With the players tied at 16-16 in the deciding set, they had gone past the 5 hours, 31 minutes that a third-round match between Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic took in 2012.
Along the way, they have fought out a series of classic and epic battles including Djokovic's 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 Australian Open final victory in 2012.
"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport".
Novak Djokovic is playing marbles instead of tennis as he waits for a chance to get on to Centre Court at Wimbledon.
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Djokovic's 2017 Wimbledon campaign ended in a quarterfinal retirement with an elbow injury which led to surgery and precipitated a worrying dip in form and confidence.
Nadal won his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row.
Rafale Nadal needed five sets to beat Juan Martin del Potro at 2018 Wimbledon on Wednesday and advance to the semi-finals.
"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.
Now, Anderson will face American John Isner, who will be making his Grand Slam semi-final debut on the Centre Court.
Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players.
Anderson is the first South African to make the last-four since Kevin Curren in 1983.
Roger Federer seemed to be on a run at Wimbledon. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.
"I think it was great quality tennis, the final set was there were some awesome points".
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