Anderson stuns Federer in epic marathon match

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Roger Federer and his flawless run through the 2018 Wimbledon tennis tournament thus far next face Kevin Anderson in Wednesday's Men's Singles quarterfinals match.

Roger Federer's Wimbledon title defence is over following a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to an inspired Kevin Anderson on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

Anderson will now move into his first semi-finals at the tournament; taking on the victor of John Isner and Milos Raonic for a place in a final against what may be Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

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

"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.

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

Eighth-seed Anderson completed an audacious comeback against the unlikeliest of foes to suffer one at SW19 on Wednesday when he turned a two-set deficit around to emerge the victor in a four-hour struggle. It's the second-farthest he's advanced in a Grand Slam tournament, having made the final of the US Open in 2017.

And his great rival Federer, despite the fact he will be 37 when the next Wimbledon comes around, allayed any fears that he might hang up his racket sooner rather than later.

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That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

Yet once he had ended Federer's run of holding serve for 85 consecutive games - a streak dating back to last year's semi-final - Anderson's confidence soared.

Anderson broke Federer to go up 12-11 and reached his first Wimbledon semifinal by denying Federer his 44th major semifinal.

"You are reluctant to write Roger off - just the way that he moves around the court and he stays injury free", said the Australian, who won the title in 1987. By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening.

Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.

Djokovic looked in control in the first set.

"Down match-point, and two sets to love, I just tried my best". Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

It was only the seventh OT match (meaning longer than 7-6 in the fifth) in Federer's career, and his first since beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

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