Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon semi-final to resume on Saturday

Roger Federer Wimbledon

Roger Federer Wimbledon

After beating eight-time champion Roger Federer, also over five sets in the quarter-finals, 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson claimed his 300th career win.

Just moments after winning an astonishing semi-final clash 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 26-24 on Centre Court, a worn out Anderson, the No 8 seed from South Africa, backed calls from pundits, players and coaches last night to introduce a tie-break in the fifth and deciding set.

Fast food chain Nandos, which originated from South Africa, has pledged to give away free meals to people who share names with the two players, until Anderson is knocked out of the tournament or wins the final.

Anderson agreed, adding: 'I really hope we can address this'.

The tournament referee informs Nadal the match is over.

And the friendship and rivalry between the two was evident in both of their post-match interviews, with Isner quick to congratulate the South African for reaching his first Wimbledon final.

Anderson and Isner's main strength is their service game, which was pretty apparent given that three sets went to a tie-break. The 50-game final set took about three hours alone.

Prior to Djokovic and Nadal, though, the first semi-final takes place, although with such a big-serving nature of the two players, Kevin Anderson and John Isner, it might delay the second semi-final somewhat.

"So, I apologise if I'm not more excited right now.so many mixed emotions in getting through something like that".

The pair broke the record for SW19's longest ever semi-final match during the fifth set, surpassing the 2013 clash between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro, which lasted four hours and 43 minutes.

While one might think that such a closely fought match was an enthralling display of athleticism, as the game teetered back and forth in the fifth set, the opposite was true. You know, it's tough.

Although the game was dominated by big serving, there were some incredible highlights, including a key moment deep in the fifth set. At the 11th hour, literally and figuratively, Djokovic grabbed his first set point, but hit long for 9-all, then got a second look as a Nadal drop-shot sat up invitingly for him. "My left heel is killing me", said Isner.

"He stayed the course incredibly well", said the No. 9 seed Isner, a 33-year-old American playing in his first major semifinal.

"You know, a few days' rest, maybe more than that, and I'll recoup an Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain".

"For us to be out there this length of time - I mean, not just on us, but coming back trying to compete at this sort of stage, going through this - it's happened to John before, when he's played another five hours".