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    Match Between Nadal, Djokovic Unexpectedly Ignites Sexism Scandal at Wimbledon

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    An 11p.m. "curfew" and long match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner has led to a scandal due to the start of the final in the women’s singles being delayed by two hours.

    After a stunning 6-hour standoff between Kevin Anderson and John Isner, spectators in Wimbledon became witnesses to an impressive match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. However, their stubborn struggle played a low-down trick on the organizers of the championship.

    Since their match started later and all matches at Wimbledon need to finish by 11p.m., the two had to postpone the end of their game until 1p.m. the next day. The problem was that the women's singles final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber was due to start at 2p.m., while Nadal and Djokovic had already shown that they were willing to fight to the end, meaning that they could need far longer than just 1 hour.

    READ MORE: Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams in Wimbledon Women's Singles

    Many tennis commentators and players were outraged by the organizers' decision to schedule their match so close to the women's finals, blaming their unwillingness to schedule them for after the match between Williams and Kerber on sexism. The public also recalled the All England Club's stubbornness at shifting the schedule for the men's final, which only added fuel to the fire.

    The women's final indeed started 2 hours later than initially scheduled, although it didn't take too long for Kerber to emerge victorious in the match — only an hour. Still, there is room for speculation as to whether the delay affected the players' spirits.

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