Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

  • Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer says he "did not see defeat coming" before a shock quarter-final exit against Kevin Anderson.

Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match.

Federer was looking fragile and when he netted on the forehand side to hand Anderson a 4-3 lead in the fourth set, the errors were becoming more problematic.

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

The eighth seed ended Federer's Wimbledon set streak at 34 - one short of what would have been a new record - having earlier become the first man to break the Swiss' serve this fortnight. Nerves and serves were severely tested in the afternoon sunshine, but Anderson, a 32-year-old who has cracked at such moments in the past, was the one who held firmest this time.

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. Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open previous year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass. He won only 3 of 12 break points on Anderson's serve in the match. "Now I feel horribly tired and just bad", Federer said. It's just the third time he's lost a major match after being up two sets to none.

Anderson said after the match that although he was nearly down and out, he knew that he had to keep trying to get back into the match.

The second set was a closer affair, and after a service break apiece, the set had to be decided by a tiebreaker, which the 20-time grand slam victor won 7-5, to look in complete control of proceedings at two sets up.

Anderson broke into the top-10 scene for the first time in 2015.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament.

Wednesday's other quarterfinals will pit Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro, while American John Isner will take on Canada's Milos Raonic for a semifinal berth.

Nadal reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 after defeating Jiri Vesely in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Monday. I scraped through the third and fourth sets. "I am excited. It will be a good result for me". There's hopefully two more matches still to be played.

DJOKOVIC THROUGH Novak Djokovic, the three-time champion, showed Centre Court's capacity crowd a fair reflection of the player he was two summers ago.

Next, it was Nadal's turn to engage in a marathon match when he outlasted Del Potro on Centre Court.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is realistic about who he wants to face should he reach the Wimbledon final this year.

"That was something I learned from 2016 where I constantly tried to get back into competition too quickly".