Nadal unhappy over Wimbledon roof closure - Omni Sports

Rafael Nadal of Spain throws his wrist bands into the crowd after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their men's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday

While some other tournaments are fine with matches coming down to a fifth set tiebreaker, at Wimbledon, a player must break their opponent's serve and win the set by two games.

The two-day, five-hour-15-minute match of breathtaking shotplay and tiny margins between two giants of modern tennis ended 6-4, 3-6 7-6 (9), 3-6 10-8 in Djokovic's favour.

The match will resume at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday, before the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

When Nadal made two unforced errors on his trusty forehand in the next game Djokovic was two points from victory - but Nadal slammed the door with four first serves.

Anderson triumphed 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in the second longest Grand Slam match ever played.

The Centre Court roof remained closed, and the players carried on where they left off, raising the level of tennis seen at the championships so far by several notches.

Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth time on Sunday, defeating South African's Kevin Anderson.

In the fifth set, Anderson broke Isner's serve at 24-24 to take command.

However, he was unable to convert and Djokovic pounced to claim the set after nearly three hours on court.

"But I'm in the final of Wimbledon and it's an incredible achievement for me after what I've been through".

Because Nadal and Djokovic didn't begin playing until after 8 p.m., the retractable roof above the main stadium was shut between the matches and the arena lights were turned on.

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Now the giant Anderson plays 6ft 10in John Isner, with the victor a distant second favourite in the final.

When the opening three games lasted 16 minutes it was clear the three-hour window to finish the match was insufficient.

"I hope this is a sign for (grand) slams to change this format out of five sets", Anderson told media in his postmatch interview (per thescore.com).

"If I talk about it, then you are going to write about this, and I don't want you to write about this today".

"Until the last shot I didn't know if I would win".

Kevin Anderson outslugged fellow giant John Isner in a record match lasting six hours, 36 minutes to reach his first Wimbledon final.

The final gets underway at the traditional time of 2pm. "I think we're quite even", insisted Djokovic. I was not a spectator, but I think it was a great show for the fans.

Ever so slowly, having looked as if he might be swept away, Nadal worked his way back into the argument, and two sublime drop-shots - one sliced from the baseline, the second from short range - helped him to set-point in the tie-break, but he lost control of a backhand and they changed ends at 6-all.

The earlier men's semi-final was the second longest singles match in the history of Wimbledon - after the 11 hour five minute epic in 2010, in which Isner also played.

"It feels like it´s a draw but somebody has to win".

Nadal, who won the French Open for the 11th time last month, spent much of 2016 out of action with a wrist injury.

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