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Wimbledon 2018 — Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal semifinal halted by Wimbledon curfew


Friday’s second Wimbledon men’s semifinal between world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and three-time champion Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets due to the community’s 11 p.m. curfew.

It will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), ahead of the women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

The last men’s semifinal to be finished on Saturday was in 2007 between none other than Nadal and Djokovic. Djokovic retired in that match due to a toe blister

Play was halted Friday after 2 hours, 54 minutes, with Djokovic leading two sets to one, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9).

The two didn’t begin their semifinal until after 8 p.m., as they had to wait out the conclusion of the 6-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon between John Isner and Kevin Anderson. The match shattered Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games as well as duration — besting the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Anderson, the No. 8 seed, ultimately prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24, with the fifth set alone lasting nearly three hours. He will take on the winner of the Djokovic-Nadal match in Sunday’s final.

Because it was so late, the All England Club shut the retractable roof above the main stadium between the matches and turned on the arena’s artificial lights.

When the match does resume Saturday, the players will have to agree whether to continue play under the same conditions, with the roof closed, or to have it open.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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