Djokovic leads Nadal in delayed semi

Novak Djokovic will take a 2-1 lead into the finale of his Wimbledon semi-final with Rafa Nadal after play was suspended until Saturday.

After the first semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner lasted for more than six hours, Nadal and Djokovic had to wait until after 8pm local time to go onto the court.

There wasn’t sufficient time for the duo to finish their encounter before the 11pm curfew, with Djokovic holding a 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9) advantage heading into the fourth set when the match resumes on Saturday.

Djokovic’s serve proved crucial in taking the opening set after he avoided facing any break points and earned the crucial break on Nadal’s serve in the seventh game with a forehand winner.

However, the world number one came roaring back in the second set and broke Djokovic’s serve in the fourth game, as the Serb sent a forehand into the net.

Djokovic immediately broke back, but then Nadal regained the advantage in the following game with a forehand winner.

There were two break points for Djokovic to level proceedings again when Nadal was serving for the set, but he failed to convert them and the Spaniard made it 1-1.

The third set went on serve and after Nadal failed to convert three set points in the tie break, he sent a backhand into the net to give Djokovic a potentially decisive lead.

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