So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at Isner and Kevin Anderson, the man who won their Wimbledon semifinal 26-24 in the final set after more than 61/2 hours Friday, agree a switch all Grand Slam tournaments. The Serbian had just edged a marathon battle with Rafa Nadal - a game which lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes spread over two days, with the fifth set ending 10-8.
"It really could have gone either ways", Djokovic said. I said in my column last week I'd go to best-of-three sets for the men too but I know a lot don't agree.
But the wrong-handed and off-balance shot was perhaps all Anderson needed to finally get his chance as he got a triple break point with a rather simple forehand drop as Isner didn't - or couldn't - run to the net.
"Its hard to pick the words", said Djokovic, who has won his past eight five-setters at Wimbledon. I mean, just playing like that, in those sort of conditions.it's really tough on both of us.
Anderson's prize for his bittersweet victory over his former USA college friend and rival is a date on Sunday with either world number one Rafael Nadal or fellow grand slam giant Novak Djokovic.
After the match, Anderson called for changes to Wimbledon's rules which don't allow for a tiebreaker to be played in the fifth set.
Nadal roared out of the blocks as play resumed in place of the women's final as the first match of the day on Saturday and the Spaniard levelled up the match after taking the fourth set.
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Anderson, who had the doctor on court as early as the fifth game of the match, complaining of what appeared to be dizziness, came from behind to win the first tiebreak of the match.
"You come into the match against him, knowing that you have to earn your points, it is already an energy-spending moment".
Anderson will now attempt overturn a losing record against both Nadal (5-0) and Djokovic (5-1).
Novak Djokovic strains to return a shot during his 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.
The Florida-based Johannesburg-born player has spent 21 hours on court getting to the final.
Djokovic leads two sets to one after winning the third set tie-break after 11pm last night. 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.
"Either Nadal or Djokovic - neither needs any introduction".
Nadal gifted a break back with a suddenly sloppy service game but when he struck again for 5-3 Djokovic's frustration boiled over and he began hammering the sole of his shoe with his racket.