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Wimbledon accept Novak Djokovic's request regarding Roger Federer

Wimbledon 2018 Wimbledon accept Novak Djokovic's request regarding Roger Federer
Frederick Owens | 12 July, 2018, 09:25

Federer took the first two sets and then the South African returned strongly to take the third and fourth sets. It was only the third time in Federer's career that he lost a Grand Slam match after winning the first two sets.

Neither player had been able to break the other one in the fifth set, with each holding their serve, until Anderson did to go up 12-11.

Anderson, at 2.03m tall, will be "dwarfed" by his 2.08m opponent in the last four on Friday, American ninth-seed John Isner.

After missing out on a second-set tie-breaker, the 32-year-old from Johannesburg broke the Federer serve to win it 7-5, and the belief came blooding back.

He said he did not believe that playing on the No. 1 Court instead of Centre Court was a factor in the defeat. "That's the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player".

As it stands, it looks like it very well could be a repeat of the classic 2008 Wimbledon final where Nadal and Federer face each other in the final and rekindle memories of what is arguably the greatest tennis match of all time. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember".

"I mean, please", Federer said of Djokovic's victor. "Hopefully I can maintain that". "But he will have to serve so well all the time to beat Federer, and hit his forehand well". Federer, an eight-time Wimbledon champion, had not lost a set here since his five-set defeat to Milos Raonic in a 2016 semifinal.

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"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said.

Kevin Anderson did the unthinkable on Wednesday, rallying from two sets down against the always great Roger Federer in a grueling Wimbledon quarterfinal match to advance to his first semifinal.

While his tournament is over, two of his long-time rivals at the top of tennis set up a semifinal showdown: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The Japanese remained in control and served it out to level the match and he appeared in the ascendancy as, after saving a break point, he then raced to a 0-40 lead on Djokovic's next service game.

Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.

Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori. "It feels great to be in the last four", Djokovic said, via Wimbledon's Twitter account. "As of right now, I'm sort of more focused on that than getting too excited about the overall picture". "I think I had my chances, so it's disappointing".

It will be the 31-year-old Serb's first semi-final at a Slam since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam. "That's my problem really".

The next challenge for Djokovic is a quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, who he has beaten 12 times in a row since the Japanese star claimed his biggest victory in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014.

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