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'It's not right': Nadal unhappy with controversial Wimbledon decision

15 July 2018

The former world No.1 had been the first man since Laver in nearly 50 years to hold all four majors at once after he swept to the non-calender-year grand slam with a career-defining French Open triumph in 2016.

Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men's tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday.

At the semifinal on Friday, the result was a match between Anderson and Isner that took six hours and 36 minutes before eventually ending, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, in Anderson's favor. By the time Anderson found his serve in the third set, it wasn't enough, and Djokovic took it in a tiebreaker. At the end of past year at the World Tour Finals and he had it a couple weeks ago in Halle, and now against Anderson he missed match point and somehow doesn't close the match, so it was disappointing. (In the marathon semifinal, he beat John Isner, who at 6-foot-10 is one of the few taller tour pros.) "Height is a amusing thing in tennis because it definitely helps the serve but it can hinder agility and movement", Anderson told zeenews.india.com.

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Anderson's path might be even more impressive though.

After Djokovic had broken twice, Anderson earned his first break point of the match at 2-5 in the second set.

The second set was nearly a repeat of the first, and it was the same scoreline as Djokovic opened up a commanding lead. It is understandable that Isner is quite exhausted of playing these seemingly never-ending matches, but it's the price he has to pay for being one of the worst returners in tennis history. 'I thought the crowd's reaction [to the time violation] was quite unnecessary.

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Going into the final, Djokovic boasted the second best return percentage in the competition and was rarely troubled as Anderson's serving lacked its usual piercing power. The particular circumstances of this marathon got many people clamoring for a 5th-set tiebreak, but is such a change really necessary?

This time, he fell to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2, 7-6, at Wimbledon on Sunday. We might have a predicted that he would win a few rounds, but the chances of him beating Roger Federer in a quarter-final would have been hard to foresee.

Anderson has never won a major tournament. Djokovic has put himself back on the map after missing the US Open a year ago with an elbow injury that eventually required surgery. "I was not a spectator, but I think was a great show for the fans", said Nadal, who said he spent his time Friday waiting for Isner and Anderson finish by putting golf balls.

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Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot.

'It's not right': Nadal unhappy with controversial Wimbledon decision