Top 5 matches between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

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He'll take on Novak Djokovic, while the other semifinal will see big servers Kevin Anderson and John Isner.

Djokovic had three match points but could not capitalise and Nadal won the match 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

The ball was in Kevin Anderson's court when he defeated Roger Federer on Wednesday to book a semifinal spot in the 2018 Wimbledon.

Nadal has 17 major titles, two at the All England Club.

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A set apiece, both won 6-4, ensured the match went to a decider, but Nadal held his nerve in a marathon final set. We played each other in college probably three, four, five times.

While Nadal's rivalry with Roger Federer may be considered as the most engaging, it is the Spaniard's rivalry with Djokovic which is the most enduring. A lingering elbow injury forced him to bow out before the semis at the next six Grand Slam tournaments, but it appears the former World No. 1 is finally returning to form after a year-and-a-half of frustration.

And that's where he'll meet Rafael Nadal for the 52nd time.

"It's always a big challenge to face Novak", Nadal said (probably for the 51st time). He's one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport.

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In arguably the grandest, and statistically the most frequent, showdown of the Open era, the momentum has swung this way then that.

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said. "Hopefully I can maintain that".

But my goal is to try to play very well.

"Friday is another important match against opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

This is the longest three-set match in the history as it lasted for four hours and three minutes. Quite how much of this was spent by Nadal re-arranging bottles, or procrastinating in advance of points is up for debate, but in all seriousness, this does demonstrate the test on players bodies. Of course, have been an emotional match. It's the 12th matchup between No. 8 seed Anderson and No. 9 Isner, who leads the head-to-head 8-3.

The length of the first semifinal means that Djokovic's matchup with Nadal will be played under the lights on Centre Court.

Friday's other semi-final pitches Anderson, the eighth seed who lost to Nadal in last year's US Open final, against ninth-seeded American John Isner. "I wanted to stay there for all night long", Del Potro said.

"But also putting myself in these positions where hopefully I'm able to get another step forward and be playing on Sunday". "If I can keep going further here, I can maybe squash that".

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