Federer knocked out of Wimbledon by Anderson

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

He won the third set to snap Federer's 34-set winning streak at Wimbledon and Federer was clearly shaken as Anderson dominated the fourth set to drag the 20-times Grand Slam champion into a decider.

Normally, if a big name like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer are on a practice court at Wimbledon, they get all the attention with fans lining up and clamoring for a view.

Roger Federer admitted he was shell-shocked as the Swiss star struggled to come to terms with his "terrible" Wimbledon quarter-final exit against Kevin Anderson.

Federer ultimately paid the price for failing to convert any more than three of 12 break-point opportunities, including three in a row with Anderson serving at love-40 in the fourth set.

But at each critical juncture, the 6-foot-8 Anderson, who had not beaten Federer in four previous meetings, was unshakable, maintaining his power, belief and courage for the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 victory.

Bumped to Court 1 for the first time this tournament, Federer suffered away from the home comforts of Centre and missed a match point in the third set.

As it stands, it looks like it very well could be a repeat of the classic 2008 Wimbledon final where Nadal and Federer face each other in the final and rekindle memories of what is arguably the greatest tennis match of all time.

Anderson kept his nerve to beat a top-five player for the first time since 2015 and Federer admitted his frustration at not being able to get the job done.

The second seed, a two-time champion at the All England Tennis Club, has been at his dominant best in the ongoing tournament, dispatching off opponents in straight sets.

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Emboldened by the development, Anderson went on all-out attack.

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. He is tough to play, so you have to stay in the moment as much as possible. A flourishing Federer backhand put him 4-2 up before a similarly impressive forehand gave him three set points, taking the third following a pair of uncharacteristic errors. There was no drop-off in intensity; no letdown in the quality of his play.

"It's like that with the big servers", Federer said.

"Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one". Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

And he closed, fittingly, on a service victor.

Serbia's Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating the Japanese 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Anderson's reward for his famous victory is a semifinal on Friday (Saturday NZT) against either American ninth seed John Isner or Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.

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