Defending Wimbledon champion Federer ousted in quarter-final

  • Defending Wimbledon champion Federer ousted in quarter-final

Defending Wimbledon champion Federer ousted in quarter-final

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said 20-time major victor Federer.

After that things became a little trickier, and Federer was in danger of losing a set when Mannarino had three break points in the eighth game of the third set.

"Yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year", said Federer, who has won three Grand Slams over the last two years.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

"I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around", Federer said.

"It's definitely helped a certain style of player, maybe the big servers", said 20-time major victor Federer.

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.

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.

The eighth seed Anderson did not look like causing a shock when he lost the first set 6-2 against the eight-time Wimbledon champion on Court No 1.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates winning his men's quarterfinals match against Switzerland's Roger Federer, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018.

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all.

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

Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines.

Novak Djokovic ensured he will have a Wimbledon rest day on Tuesday after beating Karen Khachanov and the fading light to reach the quarter-finals.

Anderson is the first South African man in the Wimbledon last-eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994. Then he showed that he is top 30 after all, he played two good sets after that.

Funny, sweet conversations on Twitter is not a new thing, but a chat between Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and star Indian Batsman Sachin Tendulkar is something one can not miss. That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger.

It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

Like Nadal, who could strike Djokovic in the semis, Federer hasn't dropped during his charge to a 16th Wimbledon quarter-final, nearly surely a staggering record that will never be surpassed.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", Anderson said.