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Wimbledon 2018 – LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson vs John Isner – latest score and updates, plus order of play

Wimbledon 2018 – LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson vs John Isner – latest score and updates, plus order of play

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go head to head in their 52 professional encounter in today’s Wimbledon semi-final.

The pair have played each more than any other duo in the modern-day game, but after injury lay-offs and fitness doubts, the outcome of this afternoon’s last-four clash is anyone’s guess.

In the other men’s semi-final, Kevin Anderson will be hoping to build upon his quarter-final win over Roger Federer as he goes up against John Isner.

Follow all the live action below:


Live Updates


Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 4-3 Isner*

 

Anderson is catching up to Isner in the ace race: he bangs down his 19th of the match to go 15-all.

 

Isner is unable to return a couple of big ‘uns and Anderson holds. 

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 3-3 Isner

 

Both men are well and truly in the service rhythm now. Isner also holds to 15 and we remain on serve.

 

They’re both just waiting for the tiebreak, aren’t they?

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 3-2 Isner*

 

Anderson holds to 15, sealing things with an ace.

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 2-2 Isner

 

A powerful forehand here, a couple of unreturned serves there, another ace and bish bash bosh and we’re, completely unsurprisingly, still on serve. Quick game from Isner.

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 2-1 Isner*

 

Isner batters a forehand return back past Anderson to kick this game off, but the South African is quickly back on form with another ace: that’s number 17.

 

He holds with a huge crosscourt forehand that Isner gamely charges for but is unable to return. 

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 1-1 Isner

 

Isner whistles down his first ace of the third set: 15-all. But then a sniff of a break point for Anderson when Isner snatches at a forehand down the line, sending it long.

 

He levels it up with his trademark play: a big serve followed up by a forehand volley winner. And he holds with a truly sublime drop shot, possibly his best shot of the match. We’re on serve. 

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (7-5) 1-0 Isner*

 

Well that was quick. An unforced error and three unreturnable serves. Anderson holds. 

Second set stats:

 

Aces: Anderson 16 Isner 19
Double faults: Anderson 1 Isner 2
First serve in: Anderson 66% Isner 70%

Win on first serve: Anderson 81% Isner 81%

Win on second serve: Anderson 67% Isner 63%

Total points won: Anderson 86 Isner 82

BREAK OF SERVE

John Isner wins the second set 7-6 (7-5).

 

He does it with an ace. Durrrr.

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (5-6) Isner*

 

Ace from Anderson. Two set points. From 5-0 to 6-4.

 

He follows it up with a service winner. One set point….

 

 

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (3-6) Isner

 

Anderson hits back! His forehand has been purring but this time he goes with the backhand down the line, grabbing a mini-break and giving himself a glimmer of hope.

 

But Isner keeps his cool, whistling down a huge serve which Anderson can’t return. Three set points.

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (2-5) Isner*

 

An ace from Anderson: his 14th of the match. There have been 32 so far.

 

He manages two in a row: 5-2. 

 

 

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (0-5) Isner

 

Isner keeps the momentum going with a smash volley winner at the net. 

 

He moves 5-0 up with an almighty serve that Anderson can only dolly back into the net. 

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (0-3) Isner*

 

A mini break off Anderson’s first service point! He batters a forehand long and Isner gets his nose in front.

 

The American then moves 3-0 up with a forehand at the net! 

Anderson* 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 (0-1) Isner

 

Isner wins the first point off his serve. 

Anderson 7-6 (8-6) 6-6 Isner*

 

What a point! From the back of the court Anderson cranks up that forehand again but this time Isner gambles correctly; he springs to the net and slams the volley smash past his rival. 

 

Anderson learns from his mistake though, winning the next two points with that very same shot hit from pretty much the same part of the court. One untidy backhand error from Isner and a big ace later and we’re set for our second tiebreak. 

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Order of Play – Friday 13 July

Centre Court

1pm: (8) Kevin Anderson (Rsa) v (9) John Isner (USA), (12) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa)

Court 1

1pm: (12) Nicole Melichar (USA) & Kveta Peschke (Cze) v (6) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn), Alicja Rosolska (Pol) & Abigail Spears (USA) v (3) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze), Jay Clarke (Gbr) & Harriet Dart (Gbr) v Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Victoria Azarenka (Blr)

Court 3

11.30am: Mansour Bahrami (Irn) & Goran Ivanisevic (Cro) v Jeremy Bates (Gbr) & Andrew Castle (Gbr), Conchita Martinez (Spa) & Barbara Schett (Aut) v Lindsay Davenport (USA) & Mary Joe Fernandez (USA), Jack Draper (Gbr) v (5) Nicolas Mejia (Col), (9) Michael Venus (Nzl) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slo) v (11) Alexander Peya (Aut) & Nicole Melichar (USA)

Court 8

11.30am: (10) Xiyu Wang (Chn) v Leonie Kung (Swi), Iga Swiatek (Pol) v (4) Xin Yu Wang (Chn), (4) Maria Lourdes Carle (Arg) & Cori Gauff (USA) v Victoria Allen (Gbr) & Destinee Martins (Gbr), (1) Xin Yu Wang (Chn) & Xiyu Wang (Chn) v (5) Joanna Garland (Tpe) & En Shuo Liang (Tpe)

Court 12

11.30am: Arnaud Clement (Fra) & Miles MacLagan (Gbr) v Greg Rusedski (Gbr) & Fabrice Santoro (Fra), (1) Chun Hsin Tseng (Tpe) v Tao Mu (Chn), Rinky Hijikata (Aus) & Naoki Tajima (Jpn) v Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida (Bra) & Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva (Bra), Clara Burel (Fra) & Diane Parry (Fra) v Dalayna Hewitt (USA) & Peyton Stearns (USA), Brandon Nakashima (USA) & Tyler Zink (USA) v (6) Nicolas Mejia (Col) & Ondrej Styler (Cze)

Court 18

11.30am: Richard Krajicek (Ned) & Mark Petchey (Gbr) v Henri Leconte (Fra) & Cedric Pioline (Fra), Tracy Austin (USA) & Anne Keothavong (Gbr) v Kim Clijsters (Bel) & Rennae Stubbs (Aus), Yanki Erel (Tur) & Otto Virtanen (Fin) v (3) Hugo Gaston (Fra) & Clement Tabur (Fra), (7) Georgia Drummy (Irl) & Alexa Noel (USA) v (2) Catherine McNally (USA) & Whitney Osuigwe (USA), James Story (Gbr) & Harry Wendelken (Gbr) v (2) Aidan McHugh (Gbr) & Timofey Skatov (Kaz)

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