Federer joins Djokovic in semis

Marcus Newton
October 16, 2018

The 37-year-old top seed was more like his old self on Friday, defeating eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

Roger Federer added his heft to the growing debate around the controversial new-format Davis Cup, saying on Thursday that "this was not designed for me". "So you see, two sets sometimes doesn't tell the truth".

But in the ninth game of the deciding set, Federer made the breakthrough on his opponent's serve, pumping his fist as another hard-won victory loomed into view.

Nishikori upped his level and Federer looked to be tiring before he rallied from 4-1 down in the second set tiebreak to reel off six straight points and triumph in one hour and 51 minutes.

"I wasn't - I feel like - playing as well as I'm playing today", he warned. "I somehow got it done, so I was very pleased".

"It's one of the best matches I have ever played".

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Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.

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Zverev has beaten Anderson all four times they've played, and won his only encounter against Djokovic in the 2017 Rome final.

Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches.

"I'm actually quite happy", Federer said.

Anderson had a chance to take an early lead against Djokovic but he overhit a forehand on set point in the 12th game of the match.

The Croatian gave himself a third career shot at Djokovic.

And the 21-year-old remained composed, losing just nine points on his serve in the match, to earn his second consecutive win over Federer.

The 23-year-old sits 12th in a race to finish in the top eight and is more than 1,500 points adrift of French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, who occupies the final qualifying place.

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