Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

FILE South African tennis player Kevin Anderson

Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals and was imperious in the opening set.

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

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Japan´s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Isner fought off a set point in the second set, which marked the eighth straight set to go to a tiebreaker between the two players.

Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., fell two wins short of matching his best showing at Wimbledon - a runner-up finish in 2016.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the US or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.

In the end, it just wasn't meant to be Roger Federer's year at Wimbledon. Taking on the #8 seed Kevin Anderson, the South African came out on top of the Swiss after a five-set classic.

Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year. More than two hours after that match point, Federer and Anderson battled and battled.


The final score in favor of Anderson: 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. 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.

Then in the 23rd game, at 11-all, 30-30 Federer blinked, sending down a double-fault and then drove a forehand into the net to allow his giant opponent to serve for a place in the semifinals.

The Japanese remained in control and served it out to level the match and he appeared in the ascendancy as, after saving a break point, he then raced to a 0-40 lead on Djokovic's next service game.

"It just wasn't one of my best days", Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters.

But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets. When Nishikori let his own racket fly in the fourth set, he wasn't chastised, which prompted Djokovic to yell "double standards" toward Ramos - drawing boos from fans.

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.

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