Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes. Others still in the running for this year's men's singles title include Spanish star Rafael Nadal and Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, now duking it out in their own quarterfinal.

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.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

The 32-year-old made his maiden Grand Slam final appearance as last year´s US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal. Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning.

"The umpire said he didn't see". I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

"It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam".

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set. I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket.

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

While Federer started out strong, besting Anderson 6-2 and 7-6 in the first few sets, his dominance became less complete as play went on.

Federer was the heavy favourite to lift a record ninth title at the All England Club but struggled to make a dent in the Anderson serve, with the eighth seed playing the match of his life.

"Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one.

But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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