Kevin Anderson Novak Djokovic Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson (RSA) celebrates match point during his match against Roger Federer (SUI) on day nine at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports / RealTime Images)

Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic: Here’s their head-to-head record [video]

It was a case of so near, yet so far for our Kev.

Kevin Anderson Novak Djokovic Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson (RSA) celebrates match point during his match against Roger Federer (SUI) on day nine at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports / RealTime Images)

Kevin Anderson stands on the precipice of history, bidding to become the first South African to win Wimbledon when he faces Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

The six-foot, eight-inch powerhouse has enjoyed a fairytale run to the final this year. He captured the imagination with his shock-victory over Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, before emerging victorious from the second-longest match ever played on Friday.

It took Anderson almost seven hours to defeat fellow giant John Isner, as the epic concluded with the South African taking the fifth set 26-24.

Djokovic vs Anderson: Head-to-head record

The Serb certainly has the historical advantage over our Kev, winning five of their six clashes. Anderson’s sole victory came during their first encounter back in 2008. Since then, Djokovic has chalked up five victories in a row:

Miami, 2008 – Kevin Anderson beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

Miami, 2011 – Djokovic beat Anderson 6-4, 6-2.

Madrid, 2011 – Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4.

Wimbledon, 2011 – Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Indian Wells, 2012 – Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-3.

Wimbledon, 2015 – Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

What happened the last time Kevin Anderson played Novak Djokovic?

Anderson got himself into a terrific position during their fourth-round match three years ago. The big-serving Saffa stormed his way into a two-set lead but was pegged back by the indomitable Djokovic.

He rallied back to take the third set 6-1, before edging out Anderson in the last two sets to seal a dramatic victory. It really was a case of so near, yet so far for Anderson.

Watch Kevin Anderson vs Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2015 here [highlights]:

After his marathon performance on Friday, there were fears that Anderson could be on course for burnout before Sunday’s showdown. However, Djokovic saw his titanic semi with Rafa Nadal go on for more than five hours.

It was only on Saturday afternoon that Djokovic sealed the win. Both players are going to have to draw from their almighty reserves one last time if they want to take the SW17 title.