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Great rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal must return on Saturday to finish their Wimbledon semi-final with Kevin Anderson awaiting the victor.

Kevin Anderson is pleading for Wimbledon officials to introduce fifth-set tiebreakers after outlasting marathon man John Isner in the longest grand slam semi-final in history.

When the opening three games lasted 16 minutes it was clear the three-hour window to finish the match was insufficient. There's not much a person can tolerate in excess of six hours at a time, and this was one of the most incredible, and yet excruciating, sporting events you're likely to witness for a while.

"I don't really know what to say right now", said Anderson.

"You feel like it's a draw between the two of us, but somebody has to win".

"Watching these guys, I was in the training room getting my blister taken care of, and they're moving like gazelles out there".

"It allows me to look at that and keep going, try to even work harder than he does, so". Isner and Anderson smacked 102 aces during their lengthy showdown.

A year after the epic encounter between Nadal and Djokovic at the semifinal stage of Roland Garros, they took on each other in the final in 2014.

The pair had not got on court before 8pm, despite only being the second match of the day, after Kevin Anderson and John Isner's six-and-a-half hour match delayed proceedings at the All England Club.

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After losing the second set, he turned into Vintage Djoker and won 12 of the next 16 games to return to the Wimbledon semis for the seventh time.

With a duration of 6 hours and 36 minutes, it was the second longest match in Wimbledon history, only after Isner's clash with Nicolas Mahut which ended 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in the former's favour after 11 hours, 5 minutes.

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.

Isner is 33 years old now, a veteran on the ATP Tour.

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He couldn´t capitalise, however, and was broken straight back before Isner claimed the ensuing tiebreak having saved two set points.

Anderson is the first South African to make the last four since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Djokovic set himself up to take the first set with strong service games, facing no break points, and broke in the seventh game before sealing it with a forehand victor. Rather than giving up the point and settling for 15-15, Anderson scrambled to his feet, picking up his racket with his left hand and sending back a forehand return.

From 2011 through 2016, Novak Djokovic was a mainstay in Grand Slam semifinals, advancing at least that far in 22 of the 24 majors (and winning 11) over that span.

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