It’s game over for Anderson at Wimbledon
The two strode onto Court Number One on Tuesday with the match deadlocked at two sets apiece.
JOHANNESBURG - Kevin Anderson's 2015 Wimbledon tournament is over.
The 6'8 South African pushed Novak Djokovic to the brink and back, but ultimately, the Serb proved why he is the defending champion, and more importantly, the world number one.
The two strode onto Court Number One on Tuesday afternoon with the match deadlocked at two sets apiece, bad light having halted play the previous evening.
While Anderson had opened up an unexpected two sets to love lead on Monday, Djokovic powered back to convincingly claim the 3rd and 4th sets, but the fading sun doused his momentum.
So their match was stretched into a second day, and Anderson showed no signs of the fatigued player that struggled towards the end of Monday's action.
In fact, the 29-year-old held the upper hand for most of the early exchanges, and had no less than two break point opportunities at 2-1 up in the fifth and final set, but was unable to capitalise on what could have been the game-breaker.
Anderson's powerful serve, which proved to be his main weapon on Monday, continued to dominate matters, while Djokovic struggled on his own service game, the sixth having gone to deuce before the Serb survived to level matters at 3-3.
The set continued to go to serve until the 11th, where Anderson's most trusted means of attack went missing.
Inexplicably, he delivered back to back double faults to hand his opponent two break point opportunities of his own. Djokovic only needed one, as Anderson's attempted volley found the net, and the top seed found himself serving for the match at 6-5 up.
The South African offered some resistance as he claimed the first two points of the twelfth game, but Djokovic took the next four, and the match, 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
Anderson says it was hard working trying to get the break.
"You know, he was able to cope with it very well. It was one of those matches I didn't feel... it was really close, tough score line, tough points throughout the whole match. I didn't feel like I had glaring opportunities or points that I really should have won with easy shots. He played the big points very well."
Djokovic will next play Marin Cillic on Wednesday.