Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Anderson

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Nadal is into his first quarter final since 2011 Credit GETTY IMAGES
Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 22:00

Roger Federer has played down the prospect of a clash between the Wimbledon and World Cup finals by joking that football fans in Moscow will be distracted by the tennis.

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.

LONDON: Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa´s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

Federer had won his last seven five-set matches.

Anderson held his nerve with his relentless and powerful serve win the fourth and send the rip-roaring contest into an unlikely fifth and deciding set.

And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

"I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting", Anderson told the BBC.

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Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them.

The 32-year-old made his maiden Grand Slam final appearance as last year´s US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff. You need that mindset against Roger.

"Yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year". Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?"

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do".

Djokovic had been yearning for a Centre Court date, after playing as many games on Court Two as the main show court beforehand in this tournament.

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