Djokovic tops Nadal in 5 sets to reach 5th Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic wants to be on the same level as Federer and Nadal- Becker

Novak Djokovic wants to be on the same level as Federer and Nadal- Becker

Anderson, a 32-year-old South African, reached the U.S. Open final last year and pulled off a quarterfinal upset Wednesday of top-seeded Roger Federer, which went to 13-11 in the fifth set. Anderson beat John Isner in a 6 1/2-hour semifinal that ended at 26-24 fifth set Friday night, pushing back the start of Djokovic vs. Nadal.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal, who lost a five-set thriller in Saturday's Wimbledon singles semi-final against Noval Djokovic, said he was unhappy with organisers' decision to keep the Centre Court roof closed throughout the two-day match.

Rafael Nadal has expressed frustration at an "error" from Wimbledon officials that greatly affected his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. "They're pretty antsy for us to get off the court".

"I hope this is a bit of sign for Grand Slams to change this format", Anderson said.

"It feels like it´s a draw but somebody has to win". "Basically until the last shot, I didn't know if I was going to win".

"Obviously if you told me that six months ago, I would take it right away".

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.

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The momentum was with Nadal but Djokovic's serve, which was so disrupted by the elbow problems that prompted him finally to have surgery in February, kept him just about out of danger.

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With the time approaching 10pm, that made it highly unlikely there would be a victor yesterday, and both players knew how important that third set was likely to be.

That service hold - helped by a 129 miles per hour (207.6km/h) second serve - took the American to 100 service games unbroken at this Wimbledon. The defeat especially stings because marathon play is nothing new to the 33-year-old American. The most important came with Isner serving at 24-24.

It was one of three successful drop shots from the Spaniard in the tiebreaker alone, but Djokovic answered with one of his own to save the second set point at 7-6.

The two players are due to walk onto court at 2pm, meaning play will start at around 2.10pm after the coin toss and after once they have both warmed up.

"I think it's long overdue", Isner said.

Djokovic has endured a lot of setbacks in the past year.

3-6 10-8 in five hours and 16 minutes, will face Kevin Anderson on Sunday.

Wimbledon is one of the showpiece events of the BBC's sports coverage - but it will have to give way to the World Cup final at least in part.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, was playing in his first semi-final at the All England Club since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic. The affable power server has hit 172 aces over the past fortnight and reached his first grand slam final at last year's US Open final, losing in straight sets to Nadal.

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