Djokovic relegates Federer to Court 1

Novak Djokovic won his battle to be promoted to Centre Court billing for Wednesday’s quarterfinals, forcing eight-time champion Roger Federer off the sport’s most famous arena for the first time in three years.

Three-time champion Djokovic will open the Centre Court programme against Kei Nishikori followed by two-time winner and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal facing Juan Martin del Potro.

Defending champion Federer, who has played all of his Wimbledon matches since the 2015 semifinals on Centre Court, will instead open proceedings on Court One against Kevin Anderson.

The other last-eight tie, between Milos Raonic and John Isner, finishes off the Court One schedule.

Djokovic has featured just once on Centre Court — against British home favourite Kyle Edmund in the last 32 — in the opening four rounds. By contrast, Federer and Nadal have played exclusively on the Centre Court.

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