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2018 Wimbledon glance: Federer on No. 1 Court for quarterfinals

LONDON (AP) — A quick look at Wimbledon:

LOOK AHEAD TO WEDNESDAY

Roger Federer won’t have the comforts of Centre Court to rely on as he continues his search for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title. Federer will play his quarterfinal against Kevin Anderson on No. 1 Court — the first time in three years he has been scheduled away from his usual home at the All England Club.

That means he could have deal with windier conditions than usual, as No. 1 court is slightly more open to the elements. He’s still the big favorite against Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African who is playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, compared to 16 for Federer — another record. Federer seems to create history every time he steps on court at the grass-court Grand Slam, and would take his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 35 if he dispatches Anderson in three straight. That would eclipse his own record of 34 straight sets won between 2005 and 2006.

On Centre Court, Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play Kei Nishikori Japan and Rafael Nadal of Spain will face Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Djokovic and Nadal, with five titles between them, would face each other in the semifinals if both win. In the last quarterfinal, John Isner of the U.S. faces Milos Raonic of Canada.

It’s the first time since 1981 that men from five different continents — Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia — have made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

WEDNESDAY’S FORECAST

Partly cloudy. High of 79 degrees (26 Celsius).

TUESDAY’S WEATHER

Partly cloudy. High of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).

TUESDAY’S KEY RESULTS

Women’s quarterfinals: No. 11 Angelique Kerber beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5; No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4; No. 13 Julia Goerges beat No. 20 Kiki Bertens; No. 25 Serena Williams beat Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Men’s fourth round: No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

STAT OF THE DAY

44 — the number of points Serena Williams won on her own serve of the last 54 she played against Giorgi.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Serena Williams, 51, eh? It doesn’t have that same ring to it. The ‘1’ part does, but not the ‘5’.”— Williams on climbing to 51st in the rankings after her win.

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LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good after coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 in the third set to hold serve, and then breaking his Japanese opponent in the next game.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

Djokovic looked in control in the first set. But he grew frustrated after failing to capitalize on three straight break points in the third game of the second set and was given a code violation after slamming his racket into the ground.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out “double standards” toward the umpire’s chair — drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

That didn’t seem to affect his focus, though, and neither did a time violation he was given when serving at 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand winner, then saved two game points on Nishikori’s serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

He next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in his first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 U.S. Open.

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LONDON (AP) — It’s been 87 years since two German women played in a Wimbledon final. Julia Goerges likes the sound of a repeat, though.

“It sounds crazy to maybe have the chance to share a German final in Wimbledon,” Goerges said after she and Angelique Kerber advanced to separate semifinals at the All England Club. “Well, it’s still one more match to go for both of us. It will be both very tough matches. But it’s great to see there is a chance.”

For Goerges, it couldn’t get much tougher. She’ll be facing Serena Williams, the seven-time champion who hasn’t lost a match at the All England Club since 2014 — though she missed last year’s tournament while pregnant. Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion who was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, will be playing former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday.

Goerges and Kerber have already accomplished something not seen at Wimbledon since 1931 by putting two Germans in the women’s semifinals. That year, Cilly Aussem and Hilde Krahwinkel went on to set up the only all-German women’s final in Grand Slam history. Just having two in the last four again is a boost to the country’s tennis, Goerges said.

“To really share this feeling with her (Kerber), with a nation, I think that’s something which is pretty special,” she said.

Of the last four women remaining, the 29-year-old Goerges is the only one who hasn’t won a major yet. In fact, this is her first career Grand Slam semifinal — even though many expected her to reach this stage much sooner. She won her first WTA title in 2010 and followed that up by winning the prestigious Stuttgart tournament the next year. But instead of establishing herself as a regular contender, her form and ranking plummeted over the next few years. That led to a radical overhaul of her coaching team and even a re-location from north to south Germany in an attempt to get back to her best.

It seems to have worked.

“I took the risk of changing everything,” she said. “But, yeah, it’s worth it. … I think now, the moment I’m living, it just shows me that I was right, I actually took a good decision.”

Goerges will be facing Williams in a Grand Slam for the second time in little over five weeks, having lost to the American in the third round of the French Open. Williams, though, insists that result isn’t an indicator of what will happen on Thursday.

“That was four or five weeks ago. That doesn’t matter,” Williams said. “This is a whole new match, it’s a new surface, it’s everything. We’re starting from zero.”

Williams, for one, isn’t surprised to see the German players doing well. And she wouldn’t mind renewing her rivalry with Kerber, whom she faced in two Grand Slam finals in 2016 — losing at the Australian Open before avenging that result at Wimbledon.

“We’ve had a lot of tough matches together,” Williams said. “Yeah, I have missed (our rivalry).”

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