Wimbledon: Roger Federer shocked in 5 sets by Kevin Anderson

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

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.

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.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage.

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best". "Obviously getting through it, I feel like I can take bigger steps".

Nadal faces the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon while Federer takes on US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.

And he did not disappoint with a battling performance reminiscent of days gone by, even if he did fall out with umpire Carlos Ramos.

"So if I would have won in straight sets, then it could have been all right, because I would have had a great first set, and second set was whatever it was".

"I didn't feel mental fatigue".

When Wimbledon got underway July 2, tennis fans of all loyalties seemed united in rooting for one pairing in Sunday's men's final: a reprise of the 2008 clash between Federer and Nadal, which produced what many believe is the greatest match in tennis history.

"Obviously I'm very ecstatic to get through that match", 32-year-old Anderson said.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

I don't know if that was his serve. However, he fell once, this time in a 7-6 tiebreaker, to fall behind two sets to none. I had my chances and blew them.

"I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside". And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times. If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes.

The Centre Court spectators, who included the Duchess of Cornwall, Rory McIlroy and Sir Richard Branson watching on from the Royal Box, were wowed by two highlight-reel rallies in the first five games. I wouldn't call it unfinished business.

"I felt good actually". He's struggled to maintain top form in recent years due to injuries and saw his play drop off for a while against Kei Nishikori in the quarters, but this is the best tennis he's played this year.

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