Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal in epic Wimbledon semi-final

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• Three-times champion wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11), 3-6, 10-8
• Serb to face Kevin Anderson in final on Sunday

There were times in the past year and a half when Novak Djokovic cut a lonely figure on the tennis Tour, a fallen giant no longer in control of his talent. Injury and a loss of confidence had cost him his No 1 ranking and the aura he had built up over the previous few years of domination had gone. Now, there can be no doubt. He is back.

The Serb, who dropped out of the top 20 this year but who was bumped up from No 21 to be seeded 12 here, outlasted Rafael Nadal on Saturday in yet another dramatic encounter in their incredible rivalry, finally breaking down the Spaniard’s resistance 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11), 3-6, 10-8 to reach the final for the first time since he won his third Wimbledon title in 2015.

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Written by Simon Cambers at Wimbledon
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