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Djokovic survives Anderson's scare

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. LONDON -- Call it a trial by fire, and every great Wimbledon champion goes through it a few times in his career: the long crawl back out of a deep hole against an opponent with a big serve.

    Top-seeded Please or Register to view links completed that task on Court 1 on Tuesday, ending a match that was suspended Monday night with the world No. 1 and Please or Register to view links deadlocked at two sets apiece.

    Djokovic went on to win it, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, in 3 hours, 47 minutes. He said immediately afterward: "It was one of the most difficult matches of my career. The way Kevin serves, at times I felt helpless out there."

    Here are the takeaways:

    1. Djokovic's ability to take care of his own serve: Anderson is going to hold serve -- it's a given. But Djokovic's ability to force long sets by taking care of his own serve helped forced Anderson to pay a high price in concentration and effort for each of the tiebreaker sets he won.

    2. The ironman factor: Djokovic improved his five-set record to an outstanding 25-8. It was his fourth comeback from two sets down -- and his first since he edged Please or Register to view links at the 2012 French Open.

    3. The soft underbelly: Anderson might have gotten over the hump had he been more able to capitalize on break points. Each one reached against a player of Djokovic's caliber is a golden opportunity, yet Anderson was able to convert just one of eight.

    4. Coming up clutch: Djokovic struggled early in the fifth, but he survived a pair of break points to level the set at 2-all. Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, Djokovic played his best game of the final set, winning four straight points. He ended the game with an ace.

    5. Falling on your own sword: Anderson pounded down 40 aces, which helped bring his grand total in the match to 71 winners. Yet, Anderson hit his last of seven double faults at 5-5, 15-30 in the fifth set. On the next point, Djokovic fired a terrific crosscourt forehand service return that Anderson couldn't handle dig out. Djokovic then served it out.
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