No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic survived an upset bid by No. 14 seed Kevin Anderson in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
On Monday, Anderson won the first two sets on tiebreakers, 7–6, 7–6, before Djokovic tied things up by taking the next two sets with scores of 6–1 and 6–4. The match was then suspended due to darkness until Tuesday, when Djokovic won the fifth set 7-5.
With the fifth set level at five games apiece, Djokovic earned a critical break, assisted by two Anderson double faults. Djokovic then held serve to win the match.
Djokovic will play Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jarkko Nieminen and Bernard Tomic to reach the fourth round against Anderson.
The 28-year-old Serb is the reigning Wimbledon champion. Djokovic has made his last seven Wimbledon quarterfinals including this year.
Djokovic is looking for his second Grand Slam title of the year after winning the Australian Open.
Anderson, 29, would have advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.
- Molly Geary