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Novak Djokovic reacts to Wimbledon relegating Roger Federer 1 before shock exit

14 July, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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It seemed the longer it went on the more aggressive he became and better he played at the end. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion wasted a match point when he was having a two-set lead and saw Anderson ride the sudden shift in momentum in the marathon last-eight outing that extended to four hours and 14 minutes in Court 1 of the All England Tennis Club.

"I felt like I was just trying to keep myself very highly motivated, a lot of belief in myself and said "Today is going to be my day". "I was able to scrape through that third set and the fourth set and by the end I thought I did a great job of not thinking about things too much".

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds.

On Wednesday, they lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Xu Yifan of China and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada.

Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semifinal where he will face either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Djokovic, a three-time victor at the All England Club, who leads their epic head-to-head rivalry 2625. He's absolutely rolling, and he's conserving energy, as his longest match was an hour and 45 minutes against Mannarino.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory despite racing through the first set in 26 minutes, with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor. We have a good time as a family.

The win in the second set was his 34th straight at the All England Club, tying a record he'd set more than a decade earlier. A double fault was then compounded by another exhausted forehand into the net by Federer.

In their four previous meetings Anderson, 32, had not taken a set off Federer. And he was up by 0-40 on Anderson's serve two games later and could not convert any of the break point opportunities.

How rare was it that Federer would lose after holding a match point in a major? "I don't think it would have changed if I played there a year ago". All I need to worry about is today'.

The Centre Court spectators, who included the Duchess of Cornwall, Rory McIlroy and Sir Richard Branson watching on from the Royal Box, were wowed by two highlight-reel rallies in the first five games. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already". That's my problem really, the 36-year-old said.

Earlier on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2015 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Isner's 41 attempts to make a semifinal at a major is the second most in the 50-year professional era, behind Sam Querrey, who made the last four at Wimbledon last year with his 42nd try. "I don't think it really mattered, to be honest". I don't know if it had something to do with the breeze, just a bad day from my side, except the first set. "I always say I was in the same position, it's not easy coming from South Africa, it's very far from the tennis scene".


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