Top 5 matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

And that is why despite beating Isner in the semi-final 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 in a spellbinding game of tennis on Friday, Anderson called for a review of Grand Slam rules that doesn't permit a tie-break in the fifth set.

Whoever wins will set the final to face either Ralf Nadal or Novak Djokovic. But Rafa has won the last two in straight sets.

For much of the afternoon on the All England Lawn Tennis Club's centre court - which eventually stretched to an incredible six hours and 35 minutes - proceedings went according to the script. John is such a great guy. If I was on the opposite side I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming out short. getting through something like that is quite different.

"If you ask majority, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too". He will take on the victor of the Djokovic-Nadal match in Sunday's final.

They both served well in the remaining games and the 13th game was inevitable and Isner opened a 4-2 lead, only to lose the next point on serve that took the advantage away from him.

Draper is the first British boy to reach the singles final at Wimbledon since 2011 and is aiming to be the first British boys champion since Stanley Matthews in 1962.

Through five wins in London, the 31-year-old has dropped just two sets and has wrapped up every match in less than three hours.

Yet Anderson's previously impenetrable serve suddenly looked vulnerable and in the very next game Isner broke back, once again taking the set thundering towards another tie-break.

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The three-time Wimbledon remains the only player on the ATP Tour capable of defeating the pair on their favoured surfaces and he relished the cooler conditions.

Ann Scott tweeted: 'Does anyone else find the Anderson/Isner match boring?

Djokovic had two break points when Nadal was serving for the set, angrily remonstrating with himself when he failed to convert them before gifting the Spaniard the set with a backhand error. So even was the contest that at one stage late in the third set Djokovic had won 89 points and Nadal had won 88.

Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

Djokovic and Nadal had met 51 times before Saturday's semi-final - the most prolific rivalry in men's tennis.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

With the increasingly physical nature of rallies, the advances in training and nutrition that help extend careers, and the dominance of a certain trio of all-time talents - Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 - it's been hard for any youngsters to elbow their way to the top.

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