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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Novak Djokovic survives after major Wimbledon scare

Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Kevin Anderson
Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Kevin Anderson

Novak Djokovic survived a Court One shoot-out with Kevin Anderson to keep the defence of his Wimbledon title going.

Big-serving South African Anderson had taken the first two sets of the Court One clash on Monday evening before Djokovic battled back to level and force a deciding set, that fading light meant was held over until Tuesday.

Djokovic experienced some nervy moments on the resumption, fending off break points, before sealing a 6-7 (6/8) 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-4 7-5 fourth-round success, breaking decisively in the 11th game as Anderson's served faltered to complete his comeback.

The world number one will face US Open champion Marin Cilic on Wednesday in the quarter-finals.

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