Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

But there was more.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a ideal batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon.

Not quite to the same extent as Anderson, but Djokovic too was forced to improve as his meeting with Nishikori raged on, particularly after the 24th seed showed a sturdier response to level after two sets.

Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

Kevin Anderson is moving on at Wimbledon. "If you go out there with doubts or unsure what's going to happen, like I maybe did a little bit in that first set, it's not going to go your way". "That's the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player". Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open previous year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass.

Federer, 36, could be playing for a ninth All England Club title on Sunday at the same time as England contest the final of the world's most widely viewed sporting event. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

"It's like that with the big servers", Federer said. "You're never really safe".

Gaining in confidence, Anderson took care of Federer 6-4 in the fourth, setting up a do-or-die fifth set.

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

Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor, and raised both arms overhead.

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The 32-year-old, who reached last year's U.S. Open final, will face either Milos Raonic or John Isner in the semis.

But he first wants to learn how to play the backhand before teaching Federer how to play the straight drive.

The only other times Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo- Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

It was only the seventh OT match (meaning longer than 7-6 in the fifth) in Federer's career, and his first since beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

"Facing off that match point, then getting a break the next minute, I'm like, I've got the third set in the bag".

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

"I scraped through the third and fourth sets and by the end I thought I did a great job".

Later, Ramos warned Djokovic for a time violation, but that didn't seem to faze the Serb.

Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semifinals, where he will meet Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro. It's my mission to get back to where I was.

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