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Wimbledon accept Novak Djokovic's request regarding Roger Federer

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon GETTYNovak Djokovic is hoping to end his two-year Grand Slam title drought
Cassandra Castillo | 12 July, 2018, 03:11

Anderson battled back from two sets down to upset the eight-time Wimbledon champion, eventually winning in five sets 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but struck a backhand into the net before the eighth-seeded Anderson broke in the following game and held serve.

Anderson staved off Federer's first and only attempt at match point, trailing 5-4 in the third set, before winning the game to tie the set at 5-5 and ultimately winning the next game to take a 6-5 lead.

Federer's quest for a ninth title at The All England Club came to a dramatic end with just his fifth defeat from two sets up in an unparalleled 20-year, 1415-match career.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.

Nadal faces the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon while Federer takes on US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals. 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 didn't feel mental fatigue".

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.

More news: Wimbledon: Djokovic defeats Nishikori to reach first semi-final since 2015

"I was very happy that I got off to the right start of the match, was able to take control somewhat of the game".

US Open finalist Anderson, who became the first South African man to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983, said: "Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting. But hopefully I have two more matches to play".

"I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside".

"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing."

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. He got what he needed when he had to.

Djokovic and Nishikori will play the first match on Centre Court, followed by arguably the pick of the quarter-finals between Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, meaning Federer must make a rare visit to Court One. "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will definitely be one that I remember - especially in such a close match".

"Credit to him for hanging around really that long". I wouldn't call it unfinished business. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said. He is by far their most successful current tennis player, with Chanel Simmonds the highest-ranked woman at 316 in the WTA rankings and Lloyd Harris, at 221, the next South African on the list in the men's log.

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