Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit

South African Kevin Anderson, another member of the over-30s club, is in his first ever Wimbledonq quarter-finals, and to be fair hasn't taken too long to get there either, having been taken to four sets just twice.

It's Anderson's very first time in the Wimbledon semi-finals and he will now face either Milos Raonic or John Isner for a place in the final.

From Wimbledon and ICC, it has now moved over to Roger Federer and Sachin Tendulkar as the two legends discussed helping each other out with their trademark shots on the tennis court and cricket field respectively. But Anderson held his nerve to level up and then produced a remarkable surge in form to take Federer deep into the fifth set.

Interviewed by Sky Sport, the eight-time champion Andre Agassi himself admitted that he would like to see the epic clash: 'This would be for the history books, for everybody. That matched his own record, set back back in 2006.

Federer won the first two sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5) before Anderson rallied to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4, becoming the first player at Wimbledon this year to take a set from Federer. 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.

Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

This was not vintage Federer, even in the first set which he won handily.


The escape energised Anderson and he broke in the next game with a bludgeoning backhand off a weak second serve and then battled back from 0-40 to seal the third with an ace. We thought he could lose to maybe somebody else, but not necessarily Anderson, who hasn't had huge success coming into this tournament.

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets.

That didn't seem to affect his focus, though, and neither did a time violation he was given when serving at 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.

With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital.

Meanwhile, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski is heading to the semifinals in women's doubles.

The Ottawa native and partner Yifan Xu of China, the tournament's sixth seeds, defeated the unseeded pair of Bethaine Mattek-Sands of the US, and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in a quarter-final on Wednesday. Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open a year ago, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass.

Pavic and Dabrowski, the top mixed doubles seeds, lost in the third round at Wimbledon.

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