Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

  • Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Federer is now 266-3 after winning the first two sets.

The 32-year-old Anderson came back from two sets to love down and saved a match point to stun the eight-time champion 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. In the penultimate game, Federer hit a shot that went close to the line, the crowd gasped but Anderson was able to get the ball back in play.

With Wednesday's other two quarterfinals between world No 1 Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro and three-time champion Novak Djokovic against Kei Nishikori given star billing, Federer was shunted off Wimbledon's Centre Court for the first time in three years - and 21 matches.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament. "I think in hindsight that was a great decision", he recalled.

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

South African Kevin Anderson celebrates his big win. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

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

Anderson broke Federer to go up 12-11 and reached his first Wimbledon semifinal by denying Federer his 44th major semifinal.

"Luckily for me it didn't happen", Djokovic said after he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the last eight for a 10th time.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

Nishikori had to survive heavy attack on his serve early in the second as Djokovic smelled blood, saving four break points, which included a 0-40 game. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes. I think his learning curves could be quicker but they have to be his. "I have been building over the last couple of weeks, and the level of tennis I have played in the last couple of months felt like it was getting better and better and I feel like I am peaking at the right moment. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".