Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic fightback halted by bad light

London: Novak Djokovic's dramatic fight to keep his Wimbledon title defence alive against South Africa's Kevin Anderson was halted by fading light on Monday.

Djokovic, in danger of becoming the first top seed since Pete Sampras in 2001 to lose in the last 16, had recovered from two sets down to level the fourth round tie at 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-4 when play was suspended on Court One.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic. Pic/ AFP

With only 16 minutes remaining until sunset, All England Club officials opted against moving the match to Centre Court to play the final set.

Boos rang out from the capacity crowd as two-time champion Djokovic and 14th seed Anderson made their way off court.

World number one Djokovic will have to return on Tuesday, traditionally reserved for the women's quarter-finals, to see if he can complete his epic recovery and secure a last eight tie against US Open champion Marin Cilic. 

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