Novak Djokovic 'not much to lose' against Kevin Anderson in Wimbledon final

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Play is set to resume at 1pm BST in this second men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. A collection of jaw-dropping rallies treated fans as two of the sports' greatest stars duked it out on the British grass.

Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.

"It's hard to find words", he said. It did on Friday, when Anderson and John Isner had reached an impasse in their marathon, record-breaking and mind-numbing semi-final on Centre Court. On Saturday, Djokovic slipped back into that groove to beat Nadal, which served as the boldest notice of his comeback.

By 7-6 in the fifth, both players had won exactly 175 points for the match.

"To win against the best player in the world, the longest match I've ever played".

The Serbian superstar resisted a ferocious fightback from the world No.1 to prevail 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9-11) 3-6 10-8 in the second-longest semi-final in the championships' 150-year history.

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Djokovic debunked speculation that he asked to play with the roof closed, by saying: "The tournament organisers and referees said that the roof has to be closed because we started the match with the roof closed".

The final begins at 14:00 BST on Sunday and will be live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

"If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself".

It also was just the second time in the Open era that both men's semifinals at Wimbledon went to five sets. I removed toxins from my body, and with them went all the inflammation and other things that were messing with my energy levels.

Yet they were left waiting in the locker room, hours on end, while the undercard with no end carried on.

"It's way beyond a normal tennis match or tactics".

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That match will be played with the roof open.

At Wimbledon this year, he has battled unruly crowds, claiming elements of Centre Court were "unfair" to him in his win over home hope Kyle Edmund, and weird scheduling.

When Nadal broke in Saturdays second game, a dismayed Djokovic grabbed a spare ball and whacked it with his racket against the wall behind the baseline.

Anderson and Isner's show of brilliant serving and endurance may have become a bit tiresome as the rattled on until 26-24 in the fifth set, but I doubt many would be wishing for a quick end between Nadal and Djokovic. The last time it didn't happen was 2004 French Open, when Federer, the first seeded player in the main draw, lost to the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in the third round, while Nadal and Djokovic, who respectively turned 18 and 17 that year, didn't play. He should be able to take some solace in the way he fought., but he will be replaying some of those points-the decisions to serve-and-volley, the opportunities in the fourth set.

But it was Djokovic who tended to be better down the stretch in his 52nd career meeting against Nadal in a contest that seemed as if it should be worth a trophy.

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