After 24 hours, Novak Djokovic of Serbia finally managed to make it to Wimbledon final. In the 5 hour, 14 minute long match he defeated Spain’s star player Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 in the semifinal match and entered in the final. The match, which began on Friday, reached its conclusion on Saturday. Djokovic was ahead 2-1 while landing on the field on Saturday.
Djokovic, who had won the Wimbledon title in 2011, 2014 and 2015, will now face South African Kevin Anderson, who is the first player of his country to reach the Wimbledon final in 97 years. Djokovic’s record against Anderson is 5-1.
Djokovic and Nadal fought for 5 hours, 14 minutes. This was Wimbledon’s second longest semi-final match. Earlier, the first semi-final between Anderson and John Isner lasted 6 hours, 36 minutes. It was the longest semi-final of the tournament and the second longest singles match in the Grand Slam.
If Djokovic of Serbia wins the title on Sunday, it will be his 13th Grand Slam. He will be behind Nadal by 4 grand slam and Roger Federer by seven titles.
Nadal and Djokovic were unable to complete the match on Friday and delayed by Saturday, which led to delay in women’s finals between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.
Djokovic said after winning, “I have no words. I’m thinking about the last 15 months. It was not easy to beat the world’s best player in such a long match. This is very special that till the last shot we did not know who would win.”
The Match Summary:
In the fourth set, Nadal started well and made two games in his name. After taking advantage of Nadal’s mistakes, Djokovic consistently won the next three games.
In the fifth set, there was a strong struggle for each issue between the two. Both were equal with 6-6 after 12 games. After that the real battle started After the equals, both of them struggled to win 18 games. After all, Novak Djokovic took the last backhand and won the 18th game and made it to the final.