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» Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic faces tough test, Roger Federer cruises into quarter-finals
Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic faces tough test, Roger Federer cruises into quarter-finals
NOVAK Djokovic’s Wimbledon defence rests on a knife-edge after the world No 1 was taken to the brink of defeat by South African Kevin Anderson.
Djokovic was tied with 14th seed Anderson at 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 when play was abandoned for the day because of fading light.
The match will resume tonight on Court One with the winner to advance to a quarter-final showdown with US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Seeded ninth, Cilic ended American wildcard Denis Kudla’s excellent run 6-4 4-6 6-3 7-5.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer cruised into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 13th time by dismantling Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-2 6-3.
The Swiss will next face tough Frenchman Gilles Simon for a place in the semi-finals. Simon destroyed disappointing Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 6-2.
Federer was quietly satisfied with his performance.
“I don’t think I made a statement,” said Federer. “I did a nice job making the transition.
“It was a good match. I got off to a good start and kept rolling. Obviously maybe Roberto wasn’t at his very best.”
Agut hurt an ankle while sliding behind the baseline.
Third seed Andy Murray advanced 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 7-5 6-4 over Croat veteran Ivo Karlovic, who hit 29 aces and 75 aces — and still lost.
The Scot will play Canadian Vasek Pospisil 4-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 6-3.
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