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Djokovic in Wimbledon semifinals

London, Jul 11 (Agencies)
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Published on 11 Jul. 2018 11:34 PM IST
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Novak Djokovic became a serious Wimbledon title contender as he made his first semi-final since 2015 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori. It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago.
After Djokovic took the first set, his Japanese opponent saved four break points before levelling. The Serb took the next and fought from a break down in the fourth to win. Djokovic told BBC Sport: “It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam. I’ve been building in the past couple of weeks. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments.
Djokovic’s last run to the final four at Wimbledon ended with him winning the tournament - and he then went on to lift the 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian and French Open titles, becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time.
This is a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final appearance for Djokovic, although there was some doubt he would reach that mark.
Federer crashes out
Defending champion Roger Federer crashed out after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.
Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set. It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes.
Eight-time champion Federer has already won more Wimbledon singles titles than any other man, but was aiming to equal Martina Navratilova’s all-time record. The Swiss, who turns 37 next month, had been utterly dominant on his way to the last eight, swatting off Dusan Lajovic, Lukas Lacko, Jan-Lennard Struff and Adrian Mannarino in a combined total of little more than six hours on court.
But Anderson, playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final, finally made the 20-time Grand Slam champion look human.
The 32-year-old became the first opponent to win a service game, and then a set, against Federer at this year’s Championships.

 
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