Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Roger Federer out of Wimbledon after five-set loss to Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer out of Wimbledon after five-set loss to Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson did the unthinkable on Wednesday, rallying from two sets down against the always great Roger Federer in a grueling Wimbledon quarterfinal match to advance to his first semifinal.

The big-server sounds confident ahead of the big quarter-final: "I'm going to have to really take it to him, also at the same time try to treat it like another tennis match".

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

When Anderson broke in the second set it was the first time the Swiss had dropped serve at this Wimbledon.

The only other times he has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider. It all started with Wimbledon's official Twitter handle tagging the International Cricket Council (ICC) on a post which had Federer playing what looked like a forward-defensive cricket stroke during his third-round match at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

The shock of the tournament appeared to be edging closer when Anderson moved 30-0 up in the third game, but Federer relied on his serve to salvage a hold, doing the same four games later to dig himself out of another hole after Anderson had also recovered from 30-0 down.

But Federer saved all of them before breaking and serving out the victory to love.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net.

"He was down match point in the third set, and he's through to his first ever semi-final here at Wimbledon now".

The 32-year-old made his maiden Grand Slam final appearance as last year's US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal.

"I don't know why Del Potro shouldn't think he has a great chance", Wilander said.

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"I kept telling myself to keep believing". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger.

"I'm ecstatic. That's what you work so hard for".

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", said Anderson, the first South African man in the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

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