Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic – Renaissance on the most famous Grand Slam stage
Novak Djokovic will play Kevin Anderson on Sunday (from 3pm at LIVETICKER) for his fourth Wimbledon title. The semi-final against Rafael Nadal will go down in tennis history as “Instant Classic”.
Semifinal between Nadal and Djokovic postponed after three sets
He was in deep crisis a few months ago, the former ruler of the tennis world. But it was on the most famous Grand Slam stage of all places that Novak Djokovic’s Renaissance reached its temporary peak: in one of the great all-time classics in the All England Club on Saturday afternoon, Djokovic defeated his eternal rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6 and 10-8.
The 31-year-old Serb, currently number 21 in the world, turned his second match point after five hours and 15 minutes, the second longest semi-final in Wimbledon history, one day after the 6:35 hour marathon between Kevin Anderson and John Isner. The game was interrupted on Friday after three sets. Now Djokovic is fighting Anderson for his fourth Wimbledon title.
Djokovic had lost course and concept
“I hope we can stand on our feet on Sunday,” said Djokovic, “it is an incredible moment for me now, after this difficult time”. After the French Open 2016, the moment he had won his last missing Grand Slam title, Djokovic had completely lost his course and concept and also his closest advisors, including Boris Becker, the head coach.