Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Federer will resume his title defense on Wednesday when he faces eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

Federer over-hit a backhand and when his opponent courteously returned the ball, the eight-time Wimbledon champion elected to display his cricket skills, with a punched forward defence, which didn't go unnoticed by Wimbledon's social media accounts.

Djokovic is a 12-time major champion who's been in something of a rut, due to right elbow troubles that lasted more than a year until he finally had surgery in February.

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The 20-time Grand Slam victor is aiming for a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and to extend his record for the most last four appearance at the All England Club in the Open Era, having taken sole ownership of the record from American Jimmy Connors during his 2017 title run.

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"I think psychologically there's a huge difference for Anderson to play on Court One rather then Centre", the Swede, working as Eurosport's chief analyst, told Reuters. "Isner is the party crasher I see". "If Kevin can keep it a shorter match and execute at the net, those are his best chances".

Federer starts as favourite to book a place in the semi-final, given his head-to-head record against Anderson which stands at 5-0. After his obligatory success on the clay, Nadal is yet to drop a set thus far, at a tournament he hasn't gone past the fourth round in since 2011.

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.

Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

Federer eked out a break point at 4-3, Anderson quickly snuffed it out, then Anderson served to stay in the match, and did so to love. Nor had anyone over the last 34 sets Federer had played at the All England Club, until Anderson nicked the third. "I'm a big player, big serve".

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Federer had been pursuing a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and a 44th appearance in the last four of a grand slam.

"I had my chances so it's disappointing, but he was consistent and solid".

"It just happened to be that today wasn't the day".

Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year.

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