Wimbledon accept Novak Djokovic's request regarding Roger Federer

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Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been relegated to court one as Novak Djokovic got his wish to play on Centre Court later today.

Federer beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the Round of 16 to progress through to the quarter-final stage where he will meet South African and world number eight Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic proceeded through to the last eight by beating Russian Karen Khachanov, however, the match did not start until 7pm.

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

“I think in a way I’ve earned the right to play the quarter on Centre, we’ve put the request in to the organisers,” Djokovic said.

“Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one.”

Djokovic has got his wish as he will take on the world number 24 Kei Nishikori on Centre Court, while Federer will take on Anderson on court number one.

World number one Rafael Nadal takes on Argentine Juan Martin del Potro directly after Djokovic’s match on Centre Court, and Brit Andy Murray, who misses the tournament through injury, cited the decision to have two games staged back to back was the correct one.

“I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court,” Murray told BBC.

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“The fans on Court One will love seeing [Federer], maybe Centre Court ticket holders will be upset, but they have two brilliant matches to look forward to.

“Roger is playing extremely well, moving well. ‘Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.

“It would take an unbelievable serving performance and for Roger had a bad serving day to cause an upset.”

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