Novak Djokovic will play for his fourth Wimbledon title, with Kevin Anderson standing in his way in the Wimbledon final after Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a five-set semifinal match that took an extra day to finish.
Djokovic defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 on Saturday on Centre Court at the All England Club, bringing an end to the 5 hour, 15 minute marathon which was the second-longest semifinal match in Wimbledon history.
“It really could have gone either ways,” Djokovic said (h/t ESPN). “Basically until the last shot, I didn’t know if I was going to win.”
“In my opinion, he deserved it” Nadal said. “I deserved it, too.”
Djokovic has a 5-1 edge against Anderson who he will meet on Sunday.
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot,” Djokovic said. “I wish I could have one.”
“It’s hard to pick the words,” Djokovic said of his victory, and heading to the final. “I’m just going through things, flashbacks of the last 15 months, and everything I’ve been through to get here.”