Roger Federer suffers shock Wimbledon defeat

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

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Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

The 32-year-old will face John Isner in the last four after the American beat Milos Raonic. "I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around". "I learned some valuable lessons throughout that tournament because coming in today, I think the way I approached the match was a bit more with expectations that I want to keep going", Anderson said.

"It just wasn't one of my best days", Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters. You need that mindset against Roger.

"I have a tough work having Juan Martin in front of me". "Matches likes that are very special".

Wimbledon appeared to cave in, meaning defending champion Roger Federer was demoted to Court 1 for his quarter against Kevin Anderson.

Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning.

Federer dispatched Anderson, who was playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, in the first easily, taking the set 6-2 in just 26 minutes.

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And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings.

Federer and Anderson, who played 24 games in the deciding fifth set, had still not finished by the time Nadal and Del Potro took the Centre Court. At 11-11, Anderson broke Federer's serve once again before capping off the upset with another big right-handed serve. Watch Roger Referer vs Kevin Anderson live streaming online on ESPN TV this morning at 8 am EST / 5 am PST with a spot in the semifinals at stake.

Federer was playing on Court One for the first time in three years, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion denied his surprise move from Centre Court was a factor.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion. "I wasn't feeling particularly well off the baseline", he said.

Federer is a ideal 12-0 in Sets thus far and a flawless 4-0 in Matches at Wimbledon 2018. "Some players grow up and play like that - being down 5-2 in the third, and they all just start slapping shots".

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage. I scraped through the third and fourth sets. From there, Anderson broke Federer's serve in the next game to take a 6-5 advantage and won the set 7-5 with an ace, but only after remarkably holding off three break points.

'I don't think it would have changed if I played there previous year, ' the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including a year ago.

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