Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Roger Federer Bows Out Of Wimbledon In Thrilling Circumstances

Roger Federer Bows Out Of Wimbledon In Thrilling Circumstances

"The fans on Court One will love seeing [Federer], maybe Centre Court ticket holders will be upset, but they have two brilliant matches to look forward to".

It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

"As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective", Anderson told reporters.

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing".

So it's disappointing. Today was one of those days. You need that mindset against Roger.

"I'm ecstatic. That's what you work so hard for. Matches likes that are very special".

1 Court for the first time since 2015 at Wimbledon played a factor, Federer added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there past year.

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

Federer, 36, breezed through the opening set in just 26 minutes, had a match point in the third set and was just two points from victory a few times in the epic fifth set that lasted 90 minutes.

Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion's title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.

Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is making his first Grand Slam semifinal appearance since the 2016 U.S. Open. That's why it's an average performance and not a good one.

The path is still open for Federer to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final if both players win their next two matches.

Tendulkar then invited Federer to "exchange notes" after the tournament's end, which the eight-time Wimbledon champion courteously accepted.

But he lost his rhythm at the start of the second set as Anderson made his move.

But back to the present, he will have to get used to the SW19 spotlight.

Federer was on the ropes after dropping a comfortable two-set lead, and he even failed to take a match point chance in the third set, but the South African held his nerve to win a captivating contest 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11.

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set.

Now 33, Isner had never gone beyond the last eight of a Grand Slam, but fought back from a set down to beat Raonic 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3 and take his place in the last four with the chance of a first major final.

The 36-year-old had needed only 26 minutes to take the first set, leaving him horrified as a fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final slipped through his fingers from such a commanding position.

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