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Novak Djokovic holds overnight lead against Rafael Nadal after marathon day of tennis

Djokovic holds overnight lead against Nadal after marathon day of tennis
By Eurosport

13/07/2018 at 23:11Updated 13/07/2018 at 23:42

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will return to Centre Court on women's singles final day after a marathon day of tennis in SW19.

The 12-times Grand Slam winner Djokovic leads Nadal 6-4 3-6 7-6(9), with their match to resume at 1pm on Saturday.

The pair took to court gone 8pm after Kevin Anderson beat John Isner 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24 in six hours and 35 minutes in the first semi-final, the longest last-four match in the tournament's history.

Djokovic won a first set marked by sumptuous tennis, but Nadal hit back in the second to level matters.

The third set was a more fraught affair that was decided by a tie-break. Both players had multiple break opportunities, but 12th seed Djokovic sealed the set after another exacting rally to take a one-set advantage into Saturday.