LONDON – Hard-serving Kevin Anderson, who has lost the first two sets, fought a match and came to Roger Federer on Wednesday to continue to the semifinal at Wimbledon.
Anderson, the eighth seed, turned off eight-time champion 2-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.
During the process, Anderson continued two impressive stripes of Federer – 34 consecutive sets of water at the All England Club, linking their own record and 85 service games here without being broken.
Federer fell to 266-3 in the career Grand Slam matches where he won the first two sets.
They played at Court No. 1 – Federer's first match away from the Center Court since the same stage of the tournament in 201
Djokovic also advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016, Shru Ging off a second set of downturn to beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Federer had a match in the third set of 4-5, 30-40 but failed to take it before Anderson broke in the following games to earn the chance to earn the set. Anderson then rescued three break points and hit an ace to force a fourth set.
At the same time, after releasing the second set to Nishikori, Djokovic rebounded back for good in the third, which came from 0-40 down at 2-2 to keep earning.
The three-hour Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game in the fourth set, but won the four closest games and broke again to complete the victory.
Djokovic saw the control in the first set. But he became frustrated after failing to activate three straight points in the third game in the second set and got a crash off after killing his racket in the ground.
When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being warned, Djokovic shouted out "double standards" against the court seat – drawing boos from the crowd.
However, it did not seem to affect his focus he was given when he served 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.
Djokovic secured that game with a foreman winger, then saved two match points on Nishikori's earnings before converting his first match point with a foreman down the line.
Associated Press contributed to this report.