Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic headline Wimbledon quarterfinals

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic headline Wimbledon quarterfinals

In the last eight he will face eighth seed Kevin Anderson, who he has beaten in straight sets in all four of their previous meetings, after the South African defeated Gael Monfils 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/2) 5-7 7-6 (7/4).

Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, maintained the dominance on Center Court that he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve. I still felt like all he needed to do was give me a few second serves, finally pick the right sides again, things could change. Then he showed that he is top 30 after all, he played two good sets after that.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?"

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing". I said today is going to be my day. That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger. 'I don't know. Sometimes you feel better, and you still try your best. "Matches likes that are very special".

Earlier on Centre Court, Djokovic overcame Nishikori and his own bad behavior (twice smacked with code violations for racket abuse and a time violation) to become the first to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

It is the first time since 2015 that the eight-time champion will play away from Centre Court.

Federer double-faulted on 30-30, then drove a shot into the net on 40-30 to turn the advantage to Anderson. The final game was an extensive nail-biter, with Anderson ultimately winning out 13-11.

Defending champion Roger Federer suffered the most shocking defeat of the tournament so far as he was knocked out by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

'Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.

Even Djokovic admits his dramatic fall from grace after arriving at The All England Club in 2016 as the first man since Rod Laver in 1968 to hold all four slams simultaneously, only to rapidly relinquish them, had been mystifying.

Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals and was imperious in the opening set.

Normal service was resumed for a while at least as Federer held to love before immediately breaking back and taking the ensuing tie-break.

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set.

Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines.

Many are already anticipating a Sunday final between Federer and Nadal, 10 years after their 2008 epic championship showdown widely regarded as the greatest final ever played.

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