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Roger Federer Exits Wimbledon After a Nail-Biting Match Against Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer Exits Wimbledon After a Nail-Biting Match Against Kevin Anderson

Nadal, like Federer yet to drop a set, routed world number 93 Vesely on the eve of the Czech player's 25th birthday.

Nadal has made the quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title. "It's true that it has been a while since I have been in that position but, at the same time, I have been in that position a couple of times in my career". "I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care". We are not talking about already that I played a final or I won the tournament.

The fifth-seeded Argentine completed a formidable quarter-finals line-up with an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Gilles Simon on Tuesday.

No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs.

Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all. The eight-time champion has won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and two away from emulating the record he had achieved between 2005 and 2006.




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".

Federer, who will face either Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils in the last eight, needed just 16 minutes to wrap up the opening set against Mannarino.

"Roger is playing extremely well, moving well". "I am excited. It will be a good result for me".

"It was quite a odd feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years", Djokovic said ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals. "That's the point. It's about being smart, no?" And he kept his composure while Federer committed everyday errors - a netted backhand, an over-hit forehand - at the worst possible moments. I've played him a few times and come a little short.

It was his first win against Federer at the fifth attempt and means he is the first player representing South Africa to reach the semifinal at the All England Club since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2016 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon quarterfinal victory over Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.


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