Wimbledon Men's Final Preview and Predictions Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson

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With tiebreaks not permitted to conclude Wimbledon matches once players are knotted at six games each, Anderson and Isner were forced to play on - and on and on and on Friday - until one man took a two-game lead.

Anderson survived Friday's incredible endurance test, beating Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes.

Chasing a 13th career major, but first since completing the non-calendar-year grand slam sweep at the 2016 French Open, Djokovic will carry a 5-1 winning record over Anderson into the championship showdown.

"It's hard to pick the words".

"You live for these matches".

"I really hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change", he said.

As expected in a match between very tall men with booming serves, the first three sets were decided in tiebreakers.

The announcement of the curtailment of play was greeted with understandable disappointment by the crowd, the vast majority of whom had stayed as a contest more than worthy of a Wimbledon final played out in front of them.

Novak Djokovic was understandably emotional as he gave a post-match interview immediately after booking his place in Sunday's final. "For us to be out there for this length of time - I mean not just on us coming back, trying to compete at this sort of stage, going through this - It's happened to John before, when he has played another five hours".

The South African won his only match against the Serb in 2008 while Djokovic has beaten him twice at Wimbledon.

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Today will be his third consecutive match against a top-12 player after he beat Roger Federer and John Isner.

"I called & spoke to Kevin Anderson & wished him the best of luck & told him that we are all rooting for him".

Play in their 52nd career meeting resumed under the roof on Saturday despite bright blue skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees. That total also was more than double the amount he's had in any match against Nadal (11, on two occasions).

"It's true that the schedule was a little bit tight knowing that the first match was between two big servers". Fortunately, he was at the end of the court farthest from the Royal Box, where the pair of visiting Duchesses, Kate and the newly married Meghan, sat in the front row.

The sweat-soaked two-time champion held, broke and held again for 3-0.

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us", added.

He was even angrier minutes later when he squandered three more break points to allow Nadal to level the semi-final with an ace.

At 7-7 Djokovic double-faulted for 15-40 but again got out of that hole before a simply sensational forehand victor saved another break point.

Nadal fended off one match point, serving at 7-8, with a devilish drop shot.

Numerous best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point.