Kevin Anderson 2-2 John Isner in first set

14 July 2018, 01:21 | Kristine Mills

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It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open past year to Rafael Nadal.

But the world No.1 trails 26-25 in their careers series after Djokovic dominated with an 11-from-12 spell during his glory days between 2013 and 2016.

Anderson next faces Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

- Isner has won 95 consecutive service games at Wimbledon this year and also leads the aces count, having served 160 aces in five matches.

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.

On Friday, the American became embroiled in another marathon contest, he and fellow big-server Anderson - who sensationally beat defending champion Roger Federer 13-11 in a fifth set on Wednesday - trading ace after ace in search of a place in the final at the All England Club. He's one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport.

Spare a thought for poor old Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. But when Nadal had a third opportunity to close out the set, the first on his serve, he double-faulted. "That's a big thing", Nadal said ahead of his first last-four appearance at The All England Club since losing the title match to Djokovic seven years ago.

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Del Potro trails Nadal 10-5 in head-to-head meetings - his five wins all coming on hardcourts. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.

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Standing in his way is the considerable obstacle of the 12-time grand slam champion Djokovic, who has looked rejuvenated this fortnight after a hard couple of years.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", said Nadal, who had reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and might have continued that run had he not squandered four set points, including one with a double fault, in the tiebreak.

Besides playing for the Wimbledon title, there was plenty of financial incentive for both players.

Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. "I'm a different person, different player today", Djokovic said.

Djokovic also added: 'I think it's good to have maybe shot clock for the warm-up, the walk into the court.

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