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Wimbledon 2018, Men's Singles, Semifinal: Rafael Nadal Vs Novak Djokovic, Live Match Updates

Novak Djokovic wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 10-8 over Rafael Nadal.
Updated: 14 July 2018 20:10 IST - Published: 13 July 2018 20:38 IST
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Both the semifinals have gone on for an excess of five hours and have gone down to the wire, which promises to make way for an exciting summit clash at center court tomorrow! 

That's it from the riveting encounter between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal! Do stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more updates from Wimbledon 2018. 

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Game, set and match! Novak Djokovic has qualified for the finals of the Wimbledon 2018 and will face South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

A complete performance from the Serbian as he gone on to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 10-8 and has knocked the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal out of the competition.

The stoppage yesterday did Nadal a whole world of good as he clinched the fourth set but was undone in the fifth by a perseverant Novak Djokovic. 
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Oops! Nadal loses grip and slips, which helps Djokovic gain the point!

Three match points for Djokovic now. 
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Two points in a row for Djokovic as he now piles the pressure on the World No.1!
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Nadal hits the net which means Djokovic claims the game! 

Djokovic leads 9 - 8 in the fifth set. 
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Djokovic now leads 40-15 and is only a point away from taking a lead in the set. 
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Nadal snatches back a point with a scorching forehand. 
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Curvy forehand from Djokovic is too much to handle for Nadal as Djokovic takes a 30-0 lead!
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ACE to seal the deal! Nadal has done extremely well to save the match point and clinch the game. 

Score level on 8 - 8 in the final set. 
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Suddenly, Nadal now has the advantage! 
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Not yet, Nadal's drop shot brings it down to a DEUCE! 
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And now, match point for Novak Djokovic! 

Is this the moment?
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Stamina levels at their best for the Spaniard, who was made to run across the court, bend and stretch but in the end, somehow managed to win the point. 

Djokovic 30 - 30 Nadal. 
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Oh! Costly error from Nadal! 

The ball lobbed from off the top of the net, Nadal looks to smash a forehand but instead finds the net. 
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First point to Djokovic as Nadal smacks the net on his return. 
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Nadal now serving to stay in the match. 
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Oh yes, he can! Djokovic claims the game after five deuces! 

Djokovic leads 8 - 7 in the fifth set. 
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A cat and mouse game now. Advantage back with Djokovic! 

Can he convert it this time?
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My goodness! What a player, Rafael Nadal! Takes a couple of steps to his right and powers a backhand away from the Serbian. 

FIFTH DEUCE!
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Nadal absolutely disgusted with himself as he sends the ball out of the court to give Djokovic the advantage yet again!
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This time, it is Nadal's turn to shine! Rides the bounce and claims a point! 

FOURTH DEUCE!
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Power and precision behind a thundering backhand from Djokovic as he roars in delight! Advantage now with the Serbian. 
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Nadal's not giving up anytime soon, as it back to a deuce! 

THIRD DEUCE of this game!
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Now, advantage Djokovic! 

Can he retain his serve?
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Wow! Patience is the key for Djokovic as he sends a blazing forehand past an advancing Nadal to bring it back to a DEUCE! 

SECOND DEUCE!
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Nadal challenges the decision of the court and he gets an important point! What a challenge that is! 

Advantage and break point Nadal!
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ACE and DEUCE!

Djokovic has done splendidly well to ward off two break points. 
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Not yet! Strong forehand from Djokovic and Nadal can only lob it high and out of the court. 

Second breakpoint now. 
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DOUBLE FAULT from Djokovic! 

Nadal now has a breakpoint! Can he convert it?
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Nadal regains the lead as Djokovic's backhand hits the net. 
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Djokovic certainly pumped up as his defence finally stands tall to see Nadal send a forehand wide! 

15-15 is the score. 
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ACE to Nadal! The southpaw stays in the game and wins another game. 

Score leveled on 7 - 7 in the fifth set. 
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Another point for Nadal! Now the Spaniard leads 40-30. 
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Body serve from Nadal, one that has served him very well today! Look at Djokovic go! He's absolutely tearing himself away that he missed out on that point. 
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Djokovic playing with depth as he currently leads 30-15 in the game. 

The crowd certainly egging the Serbian on!
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Fabulous placement from the Serbian as he sees Nadal advancing and drops it, Nadal can only fend it to the net. 
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Nadal snatches a point but Djokovic finishes off with an ACE! 

Djokovic leads 6 - 5 in the fifth set. 
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Three straight points to Djokovic as he is firmly in the driver's seat with a 40-0 lead. 
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Stunning from Nadal! Good return from Djokovic, Nadal runs to his left and sends in a whirlwind forehand to collect another game. 

Scores tied on 6 - 6 in the fifth set. 
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Nadal playing tricks with his Serbian opponent here as he leads 40-15. 
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Oops! Costly error from Djokovic as he runs all the way to the net and looks to smash but only manages to find the net. 
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Game, Djokovic! This set seems to be following suit from the previous semi-final, where both players could not break until the 50th game. 

For now, Djokovic leads 6 - 5 in the fifth set. 
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Currently, Djokovic enjoys a 40-15 lead in the game. 
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And now Nadal challenges a decision! He thought the ball was in but instead, it remains OUT. Challenge unsuccessful. 
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Djokovic challenges the decision. Review is successful! 

Point to Djokovic. 
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An inch-perfect serve from Nadal laced with pace sees him clinch his fifth game of the set! 

Score leveled on 5 - 5 in the fifth set. 
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ACE to Nadal as he now leads 40-30 in the game!
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Poor show from Djokovic as he has squandered an important lead. Score leveled on 30-30. 
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Nadal claims one back with a fiery serve! 

Djokovic 30 - 15 Nadal. 
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And now another point to the Serbian as Nadal puts the ball out of court.