Djokovic scrapes past Anderson

Novak Djokovic lives to play another day at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic lives to play another day at Wimbledon
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World number one Novak Djokovic scraped his way into the Wimbledon quarter-finals after defeating Kevin Anderson in five sets.

Should the world's best player book his place in the semi-finals then he will face the winner of the last-eight clash between Richard Gasquet and Stan Wawrinka, the latter of which defeated him in the French Open final one month ago.

The Serb came from two sets down to defeat the big-hitting South African 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 7-5 in the fourth round in a match that stretched over two days after fading light stopped play on Tuesday evening.

The defending champion looked to be heading out of the competition as he struggled to come to terms with the aggressive approach of the number 14 seed, who was fresh from reaching the final at Queen's Club prior to the start of the Championships.

Indeed the 29-year-old only dropped four points on his serve in the first set which he secured on a tie-break after hitting more than double the amount of winners then that of his more illustrious opponent.

The Johannesburg-born player continued to dominate in the early part of the second set as he broke the number one seed and, despite seeing his own serve falter, the 6ft 8in player was able to secure another tie-break success to move into a 2-0 lead.

From there, however, Djokovic managed to show some of the skill and endeavour that has seen him claim eight major triumphs and he comfortably secured a way back into the match by dropping just one game in the third set.

From there the momentum of the match seemed to have changed and, although Anderson improved in the fourth set, he was unable to stop the 28-year-old levelling up the match before bad light suspended play until Tuesday.

The duo resumed their battle on Number One Court the following day and the South African was the first to blink in a tight decisive set as he twice hit double faults to allow Djokovic to successfully serve out for the match.

Afterwards the two-times champion at the All England Club was full of praise for his opponent and described the last-16 encounter as one of the toughest matches he has ever faced.

He said: "Kevin served exceptionally well. This was one of the most difficult matches I have played at Wimbledon in my career. At times I was helpless with my return - it was very difficult to read his serve."

The Serb went on to reveal that he will use the match as a confidence boost going into the rest of the tournament as he is now just three victories away from making it back to back titles at SW19.

He continued: "I was two sets down and coming back to win gives me great satisfaction and confidence for my next challenge."

Next up for the world number one is Croatian Marin Cilic in a repeat of the quarter-final of 12 months ago where Djokovic also needed five sets to secure victory.

Should the world's best player book his place in the semi-finals then he will face the winner of the last-eight clash between Richard Gasquet and Stan Wawrinka, the latter of which defeated him in the French Open final one month ago.

In the other half of the draw, British number one Andy Murray will take on Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who will be appearing in his first major quarter-final, while seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on France's number 12 seed Gilles Simon.

All four quarter-finals will take place on day nine of the championships on Thursday as the third major of the year begins to hit the business stage of the competition.

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