Here Is Everything You Missed From A Thrilling Wednesday At Wimbledon

As England’s ill-fated exploits in Moscow captured the attention of the nation, the show still went on at Wimbledon.

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Much has been made of the clash between the football and the tennis, with fans having to find a way around the ‘tennis only’ policy, implemented by the All England Club during England’s victory over Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

And on Wednesday many fans left early to try and catch England’s first last-four appearance at football’s showpiece event for 28 years. But those who stayed on Centre Court were offered a real spectacle.

Here is what you missed from a thrilling Wednesday at Wimbledon

Roger Federer is out!

Yes, you read that correctly. The eight-time Wimbledon champion will not be retaining his title this year after he lost in an epic five-set encounter with South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Read more: Roger Federer suffers shock defeat to Kevin Anderson

Federer raced into a two-set lead and even had a match point, but his big serving 32-year-old opponent fought back and took the game to a deciding set.

Both players were resolute on serve, and as there is no tie-break in a deciding set, it would ultimately take 24 games to finally find a winner.

An unusual number of unforced forehand errors proved to be Federer’s downfall, who had previously not dropped a set at SW19 since 2016.

Rafael Nadal overcomes Juan Martin del Potro in thriller

While England fans tore their hair out as Croatia fought back to record a gut-wrenching victory, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro locked horns in an epic Centre Court encounter.

The Spaniard recovered from a set down to see out a victory in just under five hours, one that consisted of battering forehands and sensational baseline exchanges.

The fifth set was described by Andy Murray as “the best he had ever seen live”. At one point, Nadal found himself on the lap of a spectator in the front row, after he overextended trying to reach a del Potro winner.

Ultimately, Nadal won through set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Goran Ivanisevic misses most of the Croatia game but ends up all smiles

Goran Ivanisevic was unequivocal about England’s World Cup hopes on Tuesday.

Read more: England fans are arrogant, I hope the World Cup doesn’t ‘come home’

“You already won. You’re coming home. You’re bringing the trophy – you’re so arrogant,” he said. “You are the best. You are the most beautiful. For sure you are coming home, but I hope not with the trophy.”

Ivanisevic is the coach of Canadian Milos Raonic, who faced John Isner on court No 1 in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately for the 2001 Wimbledon winner, Raonic was on court after Federer’s four hour 14 minute defeat to Kevin Anderson, meaning he had to miss much of his homeland’s crunch match with England.

In the end though he was all smiles, as he was able to catch extra-time and witness a memorable triumph, even though Raonic crashed out in four sets.

Will Donald Trump come to Wimbledon?

It was American John Isner who managed to defeat Milos Raonic, meaning he has reached his first ever Wimbledon semi-final. He will play Kevin Anderson on Friday, but will Donald Trump come to watch him?

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Isner said after his quarter-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas that should he reached the last four, he would invite the President of the United States, who is currently in the UK for a ‘working visit’.

“I’d love to have Trump come watch me,” he told reporters. “That would be awesome. Maybe I’ll tweet at him if I win on Wednesday. I know a lot of people won’t like that, but I don’t care.”

Novak Djokovic looks close to his best

Novak Djokovic has endured a tricky 18 months, one that has seen him exit the Australian and French Opens to surprisingly low ranked opponents.

But after being given a Centre Court billing, Djokovic showed that he may have got his gritty resolve back, overcoming Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2. Not since his triumph at Roland Garros in June 2016 has the 12-time Grand Slam winner reached a semi-final, but after another impressive display, you wouldn’t put it past him to reach a winnable final.

But first, he has to deal with Rafael Nadal.

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Roger Federer suffers shock defeat to Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon 2018 – men’s seeds: The full list of 32 

Source : https://inews.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-2018/wimbledon-2018-england-croatia-federer-anderson-nadal-djokovic/

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