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Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in quarterfinals

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the World Cup final on Sunday- two hours after the Wimbledon final is due to start The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the World Cup final on Sunday- two hours after the Wimbledon final is due to start
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 22:17

This was the first of three consecutive Wimbledon finals, where these two legends met.

For the first time in three years the Swiss maestro will play a match away from his beloved Centre Court lawn after organisers pencilled him in for a Court One slot.

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Start time: 5:30 pm IST, 1 pm BST.

Anderson had Federer down 0-30 twice on serve in the early stages of the decider but the top seed's survival instincts kicked in and with the advantage of serving first it seemed inevitable that his opponent would crack eventually. The final score in favor of Anderson: 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. However, this is the first meeting between the two on grass. South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Federer boasts a 4-0 career record against 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

"The fans on Court One will love seeing [Federer], maybe Centre Court ticket holders will be upset, but they have two brilliant matches to look forward to".

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Van Rooyen's four-stroke lead was cancelled out when Fox birdied the 11th to join the South African on 12 under. Campillo finished the first nine on -6 - with Van Rooyen bogeying on 11th to leave the lead at two strokes.

Djokovic has improved in every tournament in 2018, making it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarterfinal round of the French Open and now the semifinal round at Wimbledon. He had headed to London on the back of some commendable performances at Rome Masters and more recently, Queen's where he reached the final. Even now losing, I still felt like the feeling is there.

Nishikori, on the other hand, has reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final, outclassing the likes of NIck Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

Djokovic, who has not won a major in two years, has struggled with form and injury for the past 18 months and came into Wimbledon as the No 12 seed.

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

Nishikori, playing in his first quarterfinal at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semifinals in 85 years.

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Japan´s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. "This is a good chance for Del Potro because Rafa hasn't been tested".