Djokovic edges ahead of Nadal in Wimbledon semi-final thriller

Rafael Nadal (R) celebrates winning a point against Novak Djokovic during the third set tie-break in their men’s singles semi-final match in Wimbledon on July 13, 2018. (AFP)

Novak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused on a knife-edge on Friday.

With the clock slipping past 11pm -- the official curfew for action at the All England Club -- Djokovic survived two set points in a gripping tiebreak to edge ahead.

Battle will resume on Saturday with the Serb leading 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) and needing one more set to book a Sunday showdown with South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

Anderson earlier won the longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final in a test of endurance with American John Isner that finished 26-24 in the fifth set after six hours and 36 minutes.

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