Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

He has a ideal straight-sets record, and comes into this match against last year's US Open semi-finalist Kevin Anderson in the knowledge that the South African has never won a set against him in four matches.

Certainly, few expected the match to be a 4-hour marathon after Federer took the first set in 26 minutes.

But, turning 37 in less than a month, Federer refused to blame fatigue after giving up a two-set advantage for the first time since doing so seven years ago against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

The escape energised Anderson and he broke in the next game with a bludgeoning backhand off a weak second serve and then battled back from 0-40 to seal the third with an ace.

Anderson, the eighth seed, will move on to face either 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick.

Bumped to Court 1 for the first time this tournament, Federer suffered away from the home comforts of Centre and missed a match point in the third set.

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Djokovic has improved in every tournament in 2018, making it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarterfinal round of the French Open and now the semifinal round at Wimbledon.

Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.

Federer said: "I told my team the other day that for me also, after all these years, it is surprising to be the No 1 seed, in the top two in the rankings at 36". It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today. But Anderson held his nerve to level up and then produced a remarkable surge in form to take Federer deep into the fifth set.

"Sure, it's disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points".

"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC.

"I don't think it really mattered, to be honest".

But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced.

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