Wimbledon 2018, Day 9: Nadal, Djokovic in semis as Federer crashes out

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal sealed their respective places in the semifinals while Roger Federer suffered a shock exit on day nine at the Wimbledon.

Three-time singles champion Novak Djokovic.   -  AP

That would be all from our side. Thank you and Good Night!

And that's that. Rafael Nadal has clinched an epic five-setter, he beats Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4! Nadal will lock horns with old rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals!

12:57am: John Isner comes from behind to beat Milos Raonic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance into the semifinal!

12:53am: Del Potro to serve at 2-4 in the decider, Nadal in the driver's seat at the moment as he leads 4-2.

12:19am: Isner takes the third set 6-4 as he leads 2 sets to 1.

12:10am: COMEBACK! Nadal takes the fourth set 6-4 to bring the tie back on level terms. An exciting fifth set awaits!

12:06am: Roanic serving to stay in the third set. Scoreline leads 5-3 in Isner's favour.

11:52pm: Nadal breaks del Potro's serve to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth set.

11:35pm: Update from Court 1, John Isner takes the second set 7-6 after a hard-fought tie-break (9-7).

11:20pm: Del Potro plays a sublime forehand down the line to break Nadal and take the third set 6-4. The Argentine leads 2 sets to 1.

10:57pm: Isner saves three set points, but Raonic has a fourth on his own serve, which he converts to take the opener.

10:51pm: As expected, the Raonic-Isner match is into a first-set tiebreak.

It's been a while since a set between the two wasn't decided by a tiebreaker. We have to go back seven sets and all the way to 2013 for that, when Isner won the deciding set 6-4 at the Cincinnati Masters.

Till date, they have played each other four times for a total of nine sets before this match, only two of which were not deciding by tiebreakers.

10:48pm: The trainer is out for Milos Raonic, who has his right thigh taped up. Raonic's coach Goran Ivanišević, the 2001 singles champion, doesn't look too concerned in the Canadian's box.

10:47pm: Mixed doubles update: Katarina Srebotnik and Michael Venus are through to the semifinals with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 win over Chan Hao-ching & Nikola Mektić.

10:36pm: Del Potro has a set point at 8-7 on the Nadal serve. And he wins it!!

Nadal loses his first set of his Wimbledon 2018 campaign. It's one apiece and we have a match on our hands.

10:33pm: Nadal double-faults on his third set point. It's 6-6.

10:25pm: The second set between del Potro and Nadal is into a tiebreaker.

10:17pm: Two big servers are out on the No.1 Court. Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up and the last man to defeat Roger Federer at Wimbledon, wins the opening game against John Isner.

The semifinal that Federer lost to Raonic two years ago was the last time Federer played on the No.1 Court and not Centre Court. Novak Djokovic played on the main showcourt today after complaining about being relegated to the No.1 and 2 Courts this tournament. Just saying.

Mixed doubles update: Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray win their round-of-16 match against Johanna Larsson and Matwé Middelkoop 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

10.14pm: Nadal breaks him and makes it 5-5 in the second set.

MATCH REPORT: Anderson produces epic comeback to end Federer's Wimbledon defence

10.10pm: Back-to-back errors from Nadal hands Del Potro the game, who has a chance to serve for the set.

10pm: Kyle Anderson becomes the first man to beat Federer from two sets down since Djokovic in the 2011 US Open semifinal. What an achievement!

Few – is any – would have expected this at Wimbledon this year: Roger Federer out in the quarterfinals, while Serena Williams is into the semis.

9:57pm: GAME, SET, MATCH FOR KEVIN ANDERSON!! ROGER FEDERER IS OUT OF WIMBLEDON.

Anderson completes a dramatic win from two sets down to the defending champion to reach the semifinals at the All-England Club for the first time.

What a comeback!! Final score: 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 to Anderson in four hours and 13 minutes.

9:56pm: Two match points for Kevin Anderson.

9:56pm: Anderson is 30-15. He's two points away from the win of his life.

9:52pm: ANDERSON BREAKS TO GO UP 12-11. He'll serve for the match. This is the first time he's been ahead in this quarterfinal.

A stoic Stefan Edberg looks on as Anderson walks up to serve. The 1988 and 1990 singles champion coached Federer in 2014-15.

9:49pm: Anderson holds serve again for 11-11.

At four hours and six minutes, this match is now the third-longest match that Federer has played at Wimbledon, surpassing his five-victory over Rafael Nadal in the 2007 final that took three hours and 45 minutes.

Federer's marathon final in 2009 against Andy Roddick clocked in at four hours and 17 minutes. The longest: the 2008 final against Nadal, considered by many as one of the greatest matches of all time, at four hours, 48 minutes.

9:45pm: Federer holds again for 11-10.

9:42pm: Anderson holds to love and it's now 10-10. We're two minutes short of four hours on the No.1 Court.

9:39pm: Federer holds to love and it's 10-9 in his favour.

Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray win the first-set tiebreak 8-6 in their round-of-16 tie against Johanna Larsson and Matwé Middelkoop.

9:37pm: It's nine games all in the fifth set between Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson.

9:34pm: Federer holds for 9-8.

In mixed doubles action, Chan Hao-ching and Nikola Mektić win the first set 6-4 against Katarina Srebotnik and Michael Venus.

9:31pm: A couple of unforced errors from Federer and an ace from Anderson make it 8-8 in the fifth set.

9:26pm: Still no break of serve in the fifth set. Federer leads 8-7 against Anderson.

On Centre Court, Rafa Nadal wins the first set 7-5 with the first break of the match against Juan Martín del Potro.

9:22pm: Anderson's serve is still booming. It's 7-7 against Federer in the deciding set.

9:18pm: Federer serves himself four easy points to lead 7-6.

9:16pm: Anderson holds. It's 6-6 in the sixth set. No tiebreaker here.

9:15pm: It's deuce on the No.1 Court as Federer forces the error from Anderson.

9:14pm: Anderson makes it 30-all. Then 40-30.

9:13pm: Anderson is down 0-30 as he serves to stay in the match against Federer.

9:10pm: It's 6-5 to Federer in the fifth set.

Meanwhile, del Potro is serving at 4-5 in the first set against Nadal on Centre Court.

9:08pm: Anderson holds to love. It's five-all in the decider.

9:04pm: Anderson holds serve in a long fifth-set game to make it 4-4. Federer then quickly holds to lead 5-4.

Anderson serves to stay in the match for a third time. He did so twice in the third set. And see where we are now.

8:57pm: It's three games all on Centre Court between Nadal and del Potro.

The two have met 15 times before, with Nadal winning 10. But the advantage has swung over the course of 12 years. Nadal won their first four meetings, and del Potro took the next three. Nadal then won four, following by del Potro with two. Nadal has come out on top in their last two meetings, in the semis of the US Open last year and the French Open in June.

8:53pm: Federer has to do the same as he goes 0-30 down on his serve. He holds for 4-3.

8:50pm: Under pressure at 0-30, Anderson rattles off four points to level the fifth set at 3-3.

8:44pm: Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer both hold serve for 3-2 in fifth set.

The crowd is vocally backing the champion. Chants of "Let's go, Federer" begin as the Swiss maestro sends down an ace to win the game.

8:38pm: Roger Federer holds for a 2-1 lead in the deciding set.

Sixth seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

8:36pm: Rafael Nadal wins his opening service game in his quarterfinal against Juan Martín del Potro on Centre Court.

Third seeds Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková win their women's doubles quarterfinal against Heather Watson and Tatjana Maria 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

8:25pm: Surprise, Surprise! Kevin Anderson clinches the fourth set 6-4! And we thought Federer would have it easy here!

This is the unexpected. Roger Federer was cruising to a three-set victory when Kevin Anderson served to stay in the match at 4-5 in the third. We're now into a fifth set. The last time Federer was taken to five sets was in the 2016 semis, where he lost to Milos Raonic.

MATCH REPORT: Djokovic into eighth Wimbledon semifinal

8.15PM: Djokovic seals his spot in the semifinals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori.

7:57pm: Djokovic breaks Nishikori again for 3-1 in the fourth set.

7:53pm: KEVIN ANDERSON WINS THE THIRD SET 7-5!!

The champion drops his first set at Wimbledon since he lost to Milos Raonic in a five-set marathon in the 2016 semis. The run ends at 33 sets.

7:51pm: Federer has three break points, but Anderson saves the first two. One more to go.

And Federer sends the ball into the net. Can Anderson hold serve and win the set? Remember: Federer won the title last year without dropping a set.

7:48pm: Djokovic breaks Nishikori to level the fourth set at one game all.

7:46pm: Kevin Anderson breaks Roger Federer! The South African eighth seed will serve for the third set.

Federer did not lose his serve once in his first four matches. Anderson's gone and done that twice in this match.

7:45pm: Nishikori breaks Djokovic in the first game of the fourth set.

And Anderson has a second break point on Federer's serve. My, my.

7:42pm: Anderson holds. Federer serves at five-all.

7:39pm: Roger Federer has match point, but he squanders it.

On Centre Court, Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori again to win the third set 6-2. The Serb leads by two sets to one.

7:35pm: Kevin Anderson is serving to stay in the match.

7:34pm: Djokovic holds serve to lead 5-2 in the third set against Kei Nishikori.

7:32pm: Women's doubles update: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová win the first set 7-5 against Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan.

And Djokovic breaks Nishikori to go up 4-2 in the third set.

7:25pm: Federer serves to love for 4-3 in the third set.

7:24pm: Nishikori has three break points at 2-2 on Djokovic's serve. The Serb saves two. And he saves the third! It's deuce.

7:12pm: Federer is expending as little energy as possible as he holds to love

7:02pm: Roger Federer wins the second set 7-5 in the tiebreaker. He leads 6-2, 7-6.

On Centre Court, Nishikori wins the second set 6-3 and levels his match against Djokovic at a set apiece.

Nishikori is up against history in his match against Djokovic. The Serb has won their last 12 encounters. Nishikori's last win against Djokovic came in the 2014 US Open semifinals on his way to the only Grand Slam final since the 2005 Australian Open that did not feature any of the Big Four.

7:01pm: Federer has three set points at 6-3. But Anderson wins two points on the champion's serve!

6:58pm: A beautiful second serve out wide and a whipped backhand takes Federer to 4-2 on the changeover.

6:57pm: Federer is now up 3-2 against Anderson and is serving.

6:55pm: Anderson has the mini-break. He serves at 2-1 in the tiebreaker.

6:53pm: Federer goes down 0-30 to Anderson, but quickly turns that around with four points in a little over a minute. The second set is into a tiebreak.

On Centre Court, Nishikori leads the second set 5-2.

6:49pm: Anderson holds serve to go up 6-5 in the second set against Federer. The tall South African has raised his game after tamely losing the first 2-6 to the defending champion.

Some history: Federer and Anderson met four times between 2013 and 2015, with the Swiss maestro winning in straight sets each time.

6:46pm: Nishikori holds for a 4-1 lead in the second set against Djokovic, and Federer sends down an ace to make it 5-5 against Anderson.

6:42pm: Nishikori has two break points, and he takes the game on the second. The 24th seed leads 3-1 in the second set.

6:35pm: Federer breaks back then holds serve. It's 3-3 in the second.

On the No.2 Court, Heather Watson and Tatjana Maria win the first set 6-3 against third seeds Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková.

6:22pm: Anderson holds to go up 3-0 against Federer in the second set.

6:21pm: In women's doubles, Nicole Melichar and Květa Peschke beat Irina-Camelia Begu and Mihaela Buzărnescu 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for a place in the semifinals.

6:19pm: Surprise, surprise! Anderson breaks Federer to go up 2-0 in the second set. This is the first time the top seed's serve has been broken this tournament.

On Centre Court, Novak Djokovic wins the first set 6-3 against Kei Nshikori.

6:16pm: Djokovic has two set points on his own serve. Nishikori saves the first and Djokovic sends the second long. It's deuce.

6:12pm: It's not as easy for Djokovic though. But the Serb does break Nishikori to go up 5-3 in the first set.

6:10pm: Roger Federer wraps up the first set 6-2 against Kevin Anderson in 26 minutes.

6:07pm: Federer breaks Anderson again to go up 5-2 in the first set.

Meanwhile, Djokovic holds for 4-3 against Nishikori.

6:00pm: Three deuces and Anderson finally holds. But Federer has the break and the advantage at 3-2 in the first set.

5:58pm: Nishikori breaks Djokovic!! We're back on serve at 2-3 on Centre Court.

5:54pm: A 16-shot rally gives Djokovic two break points on Nishikori's serve. An awkward bounce on the line for Nishikori gives Djokovic the game on the second. The Serb leads 3-1.

Meanwhile, Federer has another easy hold of serve to go up 3-1 against Anderson.

5:50pm: Anderson holds. Federer leads 2-1.

Women's doubles update: Nicole Melichar and Květa Peschke win the second set 6-4 against Irina-Camelia Begu and Mihaela Buzărnescu. Their match goes into a third set.

5:47pm: Federer serves out a love game and leads 2-0 in the opening set.

5:45pm: Roger Federer has three break points in the first game. Anderson saves the first, but the big-serving South African sends a backhand wide on the second.

5:43pm: Novak Djokovic holds serve to begin his match against Kei Nishikori.

5:42pm: Abigail Spears and Alicja Rosolska have knocked out the top seeds Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the women's doubles with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win!!

5:33pm: Centre Court warms up for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 12th this year against his world ranking of 21. His opponent today is Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up who's into the Wimbledon quarters for the first time.

The No.1 Court has another player who's making his debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals: Kevin Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up. This is only the third time he's made it to the last eight of a Grand Slam. Up against the South African is a man who's rather familiar with this stage of a Major. In fact, Roger Federer has made it at least this far every year since 2003, except for 2013, when the defending champion was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round.

For the record, Federer has only failed to make it to the quarters of a Grand Slam six times since he won his first title at Wimbleon in 2003.

5:09pm: Spears and Rosolska win the first-set tiebreak 7-4 against the top seeds Babos and Mladenovic.

5:03: Begu and Buzărnescu win the first set 7-5 against the Melichar-Peschke pair.

4:50pm: Two women's doubles quarterfinals are underway as top seeds Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic play Abigail Spears and Alicja Rosolska on the No.2 Court, and Irina-Camelia Begu and Mihaela Buzărnescu play the duo of Nicole Melichar and Květa Peschke on the No.3 Court.

4:45pm: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will headline today's star-studded line-up. The reigning champion, however, will not be playing on Centre Court for the first time in three years as the All-England Club has accommodated Djokovic on the showpiece arena after he expressed his displeasure at being relegated to the No.1 and 2 Courts. Djokovic has made just one appearance on Centre Court this year, for his match against British No.1 Kyle Edmund.

ORDER OF PLAY (all times in BST)

Centre Court

1:00pm

Gentlemen’s singles – quarterfinals

N. Djokovic (SRB) 12 v K. Nishikori (JPN) 24

Gentlemen’s singles – quarterfinals

J. Del Potro (ARG) 5 v R. Nadal (ESP) 2

 

No.1 Court

1:00pm

Gentlemen’s singles – quarterfinals

R. Federer (SUI) 1 v K. Anderson (RSA) 8

Gentlemen’s singles – quarterfinals

M. Raonic (CAN) 13 v J. Isner (USA) 9

 

No.2 Court

11:30am

Ladies’ doubles – quarterfinals

T. Babos (HUN) 1 & K. Mladenovic (FRA) 1 v A. Rosolska (POL) & A. Spears (USA)

Ladies’ doubles – quarterfinals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) 3 & K. Siniakova (CZE) 3 v T. Maria (GER) & H. Watson (GBR)

Mixed doubles – third round

M. Middelkoop (NED) 12 & J. Larsson (SWE) 12 v J. Murray (GBR) & V. Azarenka (BLR)

Mixed doubles – third round

J. Cabal (COL) 10 & A. Spears (USA) 10 v R. Haase (NED) & K. Flipkens (BEL)

 

No.3 Court

11:30am

Ladies’ doubles – quarterfinals

N. Melichar (USA) 12 & K. Peschke (CZE) 12 v I. Begu (ROU) 15 & M. Buzarnescu (ROU) 15

Ladies’ doubles – quarterfinals

G. Dabrowski (CAN) 6 & Y. Xu (CHN) 6 v B. Mattek-Sands (USA) & L. Safarova (CZE)

Mixed doubles – third round

N. Mektic (CRO) 5 & H. Chan (TPE) 5 v M. Venus (NZL) 9 & K. Srebotnik (SLO) 9

Ladies’ invitation doubles – round robin

K. Clijsters (BEL) & R.P. Stubbs (AUS) v N. Li (CHN) & A. Sugiyama (JPN)

Not before: 5:00pm

Ladies’ invitation doubles – round robin

C. Black (ZIM) & M. Navratilova (USA) v L. Davenport (USA) & MJ Fernandez (USA)

 

Court 12

11:30am

Gentlemen’s invitation doubles – round robin

C. Fleming (GBR) & X. Malisse (BEL) v G. Rusedski (GBR) & F. Santoro (FRA)

Boys’ singles – third round

J. Draper (GBR) v T. Boyer (USA) 11

Ladies’ invitation doubles – round robin

M. Bartoli (FRA) & D. Hantuchova (SVK) v C. Martinez (ESP) & B. Schett (AUT)

Boys’ doubles – first round

J. Draper (GBR) & E. Hudd (GBR) v S. Danilov (RUS) & H. Von Der Schulenburg (SUI)

Not before: 5:00pm

Gentlemen’s invitation doubles – round robin

J. Gimelstob (USA) & R. Hutchins (GBR) v A. Clement (FRA) & M. MacLagan (GBR)

 

Court 18

11:00am

Girls’ singles – third round

E. Raducanu (GBR) v J. Garland (TPE)

Boys’ singles – third round

O. Virtanen (FIN) v A. Matusevich (GBR)

Girls’ doubles – first round

V. Allen (GBR) & D. Martins (GBR) v V. Apisah (PNG) & L. Sun (NZL)

Boys’ doubles – first round

S. Baez (ARG) 8 & G. Soares Klier Junior (BRA) 8 v Y. Erel (TUR) & O. Virtanen (FIN)

 

Court 5

11:00am

Boys’ singles – third round

N. Alvarez Varona (ESP) v T. Hilderbrand (USA)

Girls’ singles – third round

C. McNally (USA) 13 v Q. Zheng (CHN)

Girls’ singles – third round

M. Carle (ARG) 15 v C. Gauff (USA) 3

Girls’ doubles – first round

C. Burel (FRA) 8 & D. Parry (FRA) 8 v M. Custic (ESP) & Q. Zheng (CHN)

 

Court 7

11:00am

Boys’ singles – third round

A. Bovy (BEL) v G. Soares Klier Junior (BRA)

Boys’ singles – third round

C. Tseng (TPE) 1 v O. Styler (CZE)

Boys’ doubles – first round

J. Story (GBR) & H. Wendelken (GBR) v A. Bovy (BEL) & A. Cazaux (FRA)

Girls’ doubles – first round

M. Dalakishvili (GEO) & S. Nahimana (BDI) v J. Garland (TPE) 5 & E. Liang (TPE) 5

 

Court 8

11:00am

Girls’ singles – third round

L. Ma (USA) v X. Wang (CHN) 10

Girls’ singles – third round

X. Wang (CHN) 4 v E. Cocciaretto (ITA) 14

Boys’ doubles – first round

D. Baird (USA) & K. Mayo (USA) v T. Droguet (FRA) & S. Ivanov (BUL)

Girls’ doubles – first round

X. Wang (CHN) 1 & X. Wang (CHN) 1 v N. Subhash (USA) & K. Volynets (USA)

 

Court 14

11:00am

Girls’ singles – third round

I. Swiatek (POL) v C. Burel (FRA) 16

Boys’ singles – third round

L. Musetti (ITA) v H. Gaston (FRA) 4

Boys’ doubles – first round

T. Hilderbrand (USA) & G. Nanda (USA) v A. McHugh (GBR) 2 & T. Skatov (KAZ) 2

Boys’ doubles – first round

N. Alvarez Varona (ESP) 7 & F. Diaz Acosta (ARG) 7 v L. Musetti (ITA) & D. Wassermann (NED)

Girls’ doubles – first round

D. Frayman (RUS) & F. Rossi (ITA) v D. Hewitt (USA) & P. Stearns (USA)

 

Court 16

11:00am

Boys’ singles – third round

T. Mu (CHN) v T. Skatov (KAZ) 6

Boys’ singles – third round

N. Mejia (COL) 5 v C. Kingsley (USA)

Boys’ doubles – first round

T. Mu (CHN) & L. Zima (GER) v J. Fearnley (GBR) & C. Thomson (GBR)

Boys’ doubles – first round

C. Kingsley (USA) & E. Nava (USA) v N. Mejia (COL) 6 & O. Styler (CZE) 6

 

Court 17

11:00am

Girls’ singles – third round

L. Kung (SUI) v Y. Naito (JPN) 9

Girls’ singles – third round

N. Sato (JPN) 12 v V. Dema (UKR)

Girls’ doubles – first round

T. Naklo (THA) & M. Sawangkaew (THA) v E. Molinaro (LUX) 3 & C. Tauson (DEN) 3

Girls’ doubles – first round

E. Avanesyan (RUS) & C. Hennemann (SWE) v Y. Naito (JPN) 6 & N. Sato (JPN) 6

 

To be arranged

Not before: 5:00pm

Mixed doubles – third round

J. Sock (USA) & S. Stephens (USA) v B. Soares (BRA) 2 & E. Makarova (RUS) 2

Gentlemen’s senior invitation doubles – round robin

J. Bjorkman (SWE) & T.A. Woodbridge (AUS) v M. Bahrami (IRI) & G. Ivanisevic (CRO)

4:35pm: With the women's singles quarterfinal done with, today we'll see the last eight men in the singles draw face off for four semifinal slots.

First, a recap of Tuesday's action.

Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal as the former French Open champion beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4, while 2016 finalist Angelique Kerber clinched her third appearance in the Wimbledon semis with an enthralling 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.

Julia Goerges then made it two Germans in the last four with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens on Tuesday. And finally, on Centre Court, Serena Williams survived a major scare before sealing her 11th Wimbledon semifinal appearance as the seven-time champion hit back to beat Italy's Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

4:30pm: Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of all the action from Day 9 of Wimbledon 2018.