Federer stunned, Djokovic in Wimbledon semis
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 1:56
Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set.
Although he was broken twice in the opening set, Djokovic was rattling through the games at supersonic speed.
Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.
Nishikori capitalised on this lapse in concentration, putting together his finest game of the match to break and then consolidate.
The 12-time major victor defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court to set up a clash on Friday with either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro.
Isner's 41 attempts at reaching a first Grand Slam semi-final is the second-most in the Open era after fellow American Sam Querrey, who made the Wimbledon last four in 2017 on his 42nd try. "You think I ruined the court by tossing the racket two metres behind the baseline?" "It didn't harm the grass".
The Serbian fired early in the match to take the first set 6-3, but his smooth progress was halted by a strong Nishikori fightback in the second set. "I didn't see it coming", said Federer. "We were even until the third set when I managed to step up a gear and end up this match really well". "Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".
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"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".
"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now", Djokovic said.
The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points. I think his confidence is back, ' he said.
Djokovic is a three-time victor at Wimbledon, having won the title in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
Djokovic saved three break points in the fifth game of the third and made the Japanese star pay by breaking for 4-2 and an eventual two sets to one lead.
"I'm grateful but at the same time trying not to get ahead of myself too much. I don't like that", he said.
"Double standards, my friend".
He will surely pose a threat for the 12-seed Djokovic.
The semi-final will be the 32nd of Djokovic's Grand Slam career but he has had to fight to get there.