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Novak Djokovic reacts to Wimbledon relegating Roger Federer 1 before shock exit

12 July 2018

"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match".

Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

The No. 12 seed grew into the match and showed more shades of his old stamina that led him to Grand Slam triumphs, and he'll next face either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro, who meet later on Wednesday.

Djokovic's momentum continued into the second set and he raced into a 3-0 lead.

After two years of physical and mental struggles, Djokovic appears fit and confident and ready to try to add to his tally of 12 grand slam titles.

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"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some incredible points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor. He's not been in the latter stages of a major event so much recently, I think Queen's was his first final in a year and he looked like he had a few doubts in that match against Cilic but in terms of his level and the way he's playing, I think he's back where he wants to be.

Scheduled last on No. 1 Court, Djokovic and Khachanov did not get underway until after 19:00 local time at the All England Club on Monday.

Del Potro was the only one of the quarter-finalists in action on Tuesday as he finished off a tough four-set victory over Gilles Simon.

Despite leading by two sets and having a match point, Federer was beaten by South African big-server Anderson in the biggest shock of the tournament so far. I know how I threw the racquet.

'I don't think it really mattered, to be honest.

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'I don't think it would have changed if I played there past year, ' the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

"I am peaking at the right moment".

The final last-eight clash is unlikely to feature too many rallies, with John Isner taking on Milos Raonic. But a semi-final?

There was success for Britain, meanwhile, in the doubles, with Joe Salisbury, partnering former champion Freddie Nielsen, and Dominic Inglot, with Franko Skugor, through to the men's doubles semi-finals, but Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are out.

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Novak Djokovic reacts to Wimbledon relegating Roger Federer 1 before shock exit