After two epic semi-finals, Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic have booked their places in the Wimbledon 2018 final. Both men spent over five hours on court in gruelling five set battles with Anderson’s match against John Isner (7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24) the longest semi-final of all-time (6hr and 36min) and the third-longest singles match in history. For his part, Novak Djokovic won through in a highly-quality affair played over two days due to time restrictions at the All-England Club. Finishing on Sunday morning (AEST), the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 scoreline reflected the equal nature of the two rivals.
A 12-time Grand Slam winner, Djokovic will start the final as outright favourite. The Serb has rediscovered his best tennis this tournament, dropping just four sets (two of which to Nadal). Furthermore, the right-hander has only allowed his rivals to win 3.5+ games in nine of the 22 sets he has taken part in at this year’s edition of The Championships and will enter the match attempting to win his fourth Wimbledon singles crown.
However, he faces a tough opponent in Kevin Anderson who in reaching the final brought down 23-time Grand Slam champion and pre-tournament favourite Roger Federer. A tall, big-serving right-hander, the former US Open finalist has won over 80% of points on first serve in his past three matches and sent down 97 aces across the same period. The South African has also shown an appetite for the fight, spending over 15 hours since the start of his Round of 16 match against Gael Monfils
To this end, questions are bound to be asked of the 32-year old’s fitness by Djokovic who has spent six hours less on court during the same period. Although Anderson isn’t without a hope here, expectations are the Joker will wrap this up in three ($2.25) or four ($3.30).
Key stat.: Seven of Kevin Anderson’s past 14 sets have been decided by tiebreakers (he’s won four of them).
Our tip: Djokovic to win 3-1