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14 Jul 2018 by Trystan Pugh

Wimbledon 2018 – Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic Preview

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic taking place? Centre Court, Wimbledon, London

When is Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic on and what time does it start? Friday 13th July, 2018 – (not before) 14:00

What television channel is Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic on? BBC (UK)

Where can I stream Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic? The match can be streamed online via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic? A limited number of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can brave the famous Wimbledon Queue!

THE LOWDOWN

KEVIN ANDERSON

  • Kevin Anderson came through an epic semi-final with John Isner that lasted six hours and 35 minutes - the second longest match in Wimbledon history - to reach his first final at SW19.
  • Winning 26-24 in the fifth set, it remains to be seen how much that marathon contest has taken out of the South African but he is one of the fittest players on tour and had all of Saturday to recover.
  • Anderson's serve has been exceptional throughout the tournament and he will need to maintain that level or even improve it if he is to beat Djokovic, arguably the greatest returner of all time.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Djokovic also came through a marathon semi-final, outlasting great rival Rafael Nadal in a five-set match which spanned two days.
  • Fatigue may also be a factor for the Serb as he will not have enjoyed a rest day like his opponent, but the sensational level of tennis he has produced so far makes him a firm favourite for this final.
  • Djokovic has a 5-1 career winning record against Anderson and has won both of their encounters at Wimbledon, with their last meeting (2015) being a narrow five-set victory for the three-time winner.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Much has been made of how physically drained Anderson will be following his epic semi-final with John Isner but Djokovic's exertions in his own semi were arguably just as taxing given the physical nature of his incredible tussle with Nadal, not to mention the fact that the Serb was not afforded a rest day.

Having said that, Djokovic is clearly back to the exceptional level of tennis that has seen him dominate the men's game in the past, and if he produces that again, there is only one winner. Anderson's brutal serving could see him earn a set along the way, but Djokovic is favoured to come through and claim his fourth Wimbledon title.

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