Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson

LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic is into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after completing his comeback from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson.


Djokovic had leveled at two sets all when bad light stopped play on Monday.

He struggled to find his rhythm when play resumed on Tuesday after a delay because of rain.

But the world number one and top seed finally got to grips with the big-serving South African to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 7-5.

“Kevin served exceptionally well,” Djokovic said. “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.

“I was two sets down and coming back to win gives me great satisfaction and confidence for my next challenge.”

Djokovic will play ninth seed Marin Cilic in the last eight. The Croatian also took him to five sets when they met at the same stage at SW19 in 2014.