Wimbledon glance: Nadal, Djokovic to renew rivalry in semis

While Nadal hasn't really been off the scene at all, Djokovic is ending a string of five straight majors in which he didn't play a semifinal match - his longest such stretch since 2006.

After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

John Isner and Kevin Anderson are on Centre Court, competing for a place in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic has had the air of a troubled man for most of this tournament and has been reluctant to talk about his serial flare-ups on court, against officials, fans, his box and himself.

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But back came Nadal to level before an enthralling final set which was punctuated by great shot-making and spectacular dives and falls by both players. He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport, it Is always a big test.

Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last 8 at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors. This was to be his last Grand Slam until 2017.

Now Nadal will face longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Friday. "The goal is to come back next year".

Since winning the 2016 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam and collect a fourth consecutive major trophy, he hasn't added to his total. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said. Obviously at the end of this day, analyze things that I've done right, that maybe need some improvement, focus on the next day's practice session, recovery.

"You have to accept that if you want to win important things. In some ways he deserves to win as well", said Nadal after the breath-taking quarter-final.

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

The first men's semifinal between John Isner and Kevin Anderson has passed the six-hour mark with the score tied at 21-21 in the fifth set, meaning Djokovic and his opponent Rafael Nadal are still waiting to start their semifinal.

Nadal nearly took out an elderly lady before kissing her on the hand as he collected himself among the fans, much to the crowd's delight.

Novak Djokovic is playing marbles instead of tennis as he waits for a chance to get on to Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Wayne Ferreira, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1994 but since then there has been little to celebrate from a South African perspective. until now.

Vanessa Coleman

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