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2018 Wimbledon final preview: Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson

It could prove to be another exhilarating encounter when three-time champion, Novak Djokovic and first time finalist, Kevin Anderson square off in a bid to reign supreme at SW19 on Sunday.

Both men are on the back of epic semi-final victories. Djokovic fended off a brutal challenge from world No.1 Rafael Nadal in a 5 hr and 15 min encounter, and if you think that was grueling enough then you probably missed Kevin Anderson’s victory over John Isner – a giant-serving affair that lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes.

Such was the magnitude of both matches that Djokovic said: “Hopefully we [he and Anderson] can both play [in the final].”

A lot has been said about the Djokovic’s resurgence after his struggles with a persistent injury; a lot about how it’s been an incredible journey to get to Wimbledon and just how sensational his performance has been this fortnight. On Sunday, the Serbian will have the chance to seal a wondrous comeback with a Grand Slam title – his first in 2 years. Anderson, however, can very well be a stumbling block!

The South African has constantly defied the odds in this tournament. Time and again, he’s proved his mettle against opponent that no one easily gave him a chance against.

Kevin Anderson is into a Grand Slam final for only the second time in his career.

From his nemesis, Gael Monfils in the fourth round, to the formidable eight-time champion, Roger Federer, and the big-serving John Isner, who all hold a weighty head-to-head record against him, the eight seeded South African has chalked up victories in the most extraordinary of fashions – using his magnificent serve and a lethal forehand as his most potent weapons.

And Djokovic, who is 5-1 against Anderson in career meetings, thinks the South African should be the favourite for the title.

“I don’t know if I’ll be the clear favourite in that one,” the Serb said. “I think we’re quite even. He’s playing I think his second Grand Slam finals.

“He played the US Open finals last year. He’s definitely playing the tennis of his life. He’s coming off from two epic marathon five-set wins.

“I don’t think he has much to lose really tomorrow. He’s going to come out with big serves and big tennis.”

Will Kevin Anderson’s big-serves give him the upper hand and a first Wimbledon title? Or will Djokovic’s willpower prevail?

“Of course, we want this trophy,” Djokovic said. “We want this match, both of us. Who is going to take it? I don’t know.”

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