The men’s singles semifinal between World N0.1 Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the ongoing Wimbledon, which was suspended on Friday due to curfew, will resume today with the Serbian potentially one set away from playing in his first Grand Slam final since 2016.
Djokovic leads Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9) in their semi-final after winning a critical tie-break just after 11 pm when play was postponed due to a local curfew.
Djokovic, bid for a place in his fifth Wimbledon title match, started quicker, stretching the Spaniard out wide to his forehand and opening up the court well and comfortably winning the first set. He started the second set in much the same vein but Nadal showed why he is the current number one as he came back strongly to win the second set.
The third set was the best of the match. Both the players gave their all and it was the Serbian who edged the third set tie-break 11-9 and matters were wrapped up for the night.
The two were earlier made to wait because of the other semi-final clash between John Isner and Kevin Anderson—which turned out to be the longest men’s singles last-four clash in the history of Wimbledon Championships—and their setting changed slightly as organisers closed the Centre Court roof.
The Djokovic-Nadal match will resume with the roof closed, a decision that was left to the players to agree upon. The All England Club confirmed that decision had been made late Friday.
The winner of the Djokovic-Nadal match will meet Anderson, who prevailed 26-24 in the fifth set to reach his second Grand Slam final and first Wimbledon title match.