Federer knocked out of Wimbledon after epic match against Anderson

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

Federer suffered one of the most stunning defeats of his career on Wednesday (July 11), blowing a two-set lead and wasting a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss.

He saved a match point at 4-5 when Federer missed a forehand, then broke to serve for the third set.

Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match. Not only is Federer the best of all time on the Wimbledon grass, and not only is Anderson historically not great on the grass (he's never been to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before this year), but the 32-year-old South African has never won a set off Fed-Ex anywhere.

However, Federer has held all of his 55 service games this year and last dropped serve in the semi-finals in 2017 - 81 service games ago.

"You always tend to play better against better players and I'm happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon".

Federer, who won the match against the Frenchman in straight sets, was afforded high praise for the shot too.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson stunned defending champion Roger Federer in their Wimbledon quarter-final.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

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There was little sign of the drama which unfolded when Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break.

"Just today, when I needed it, I couldn't get it up".

It is the second time that 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has lost at Wimbledon from two sets ahead, suffering the same fate against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.

Anderson continued to grow in confidence and stature as the match wore on, holding his nerve to earn his first win over Federer in five attempts.

Three-time champion Djokovic, who hasn't won a Grand Slam since French Open in 2016, seems to have hit peak form at the right time. I think it went in spells a bit also, how I was able to return his serve. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that.

This was the first of three consecutive Wimbledon finals, where these two legends met. I didn't think that was ever going to happen.

He forced a tiebreak but, despite losing the first mini-break, Federer turned things around to go two sets ahead.

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