Novak Djokovic spends his downtime during the Wimbledon fortnight meditating at a local Buddhist temple but he has been shaken violently from his Zen-like state by South African giant Kevin Anderson.
After breezing through the first week, swatting aside all comers without dropping a set, Djokovic might have expected to power past 6ft 8in Anderson with relative ease. But the real world No 1 was not glimpsed until he was already two sets down and fighting to stay in the tournament.
As the sun set on SW19, Djokovic hit a magnificent cross court forehand on the stretch to win the fourth set and even up proceedings.
Novak Djokovic will resume his fourth round match against Kevin Anderson on Tuesday due to bad light
The players were informed of the decision made by the tournament officials just after 9pm on Monday night
Djokovic (centre) signed autographs upon leaving Court One as Anderson (left) walked off the court.
With the skies darkening, All England Club chiefs deemed further action on Court One impossible and decided against a move to play under the Centre Court lights, to the displeasure of a baying crowd.
Fans on Court One who were enthralled by the contest booed when it was announced the match wouldn’t be completed – they had hoped at the least it would be moved to Centre Court under the roof, as happened when Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils were stopped by bad light on Saturday night.
But a Wimbledon spokesman said: ‘Ideally the tournament scheduling aims to finish a match on the court it started.
‘With no urgent need to finish the match, both Djokovic and Anderson were happy to resume at 1pm on Court One the next day.’
Djokovic, who would have loved to get the job done, was left to return to his luxury rented home nearby and sleep on the prospect of a one-set shootout, starting at 1pm today, to earn the chance to continue his title defence.