Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Roger Federer Bows Out Of Wimbledon In Thrilling Circumstances

Roger Federer Bows Out Of Wimbledon In Thrilling Circumstances

Djokovic saved three break points in the fifth game of the third and made the Japanese star pay by breaking for 4-2 and an eventual two sets to one lead. I nearly could have.

Anderson battled back from two sets down to upset the eight-time Wimbledon champion, eventually winning in five sets 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

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

Former University of IL tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for United States citizenship. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career. Of course, the goal is to come back here next year.

The final last-eight clash is unlikely to feature too many rallies, with John Isner taking on Milos Raonic.

Djokovic, who defeated Nishikori in four sets to reach the semi-finals, added: 'It was the tournament's decision.

Shipped out to Court No. 1 for the first time in years, Federer seemed unaffected leaving Centre Court, winning the first two sets against the big-serving Anderson en route to what was sure to be another Wimbledon drubbing. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

Everything appeared to be going to plan when Federer eased into a two-set advantage.

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"Down match-point, and two sets to love, I just tried my best".

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

"It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720. Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10. The match was a minute shy of three-and-a-half hours, so his physical condition will certainly be tested against the fresher Federer, but he's certainly not lacking confidence. It's Federer's most famous loss. "I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

"Sometimes you don't feel good, and you try your best".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 37 next month, says he plans to return to SW19 next year. The win in the second set was his 34th straight at the All England Club, tying a record he'd set more than a decade earlier.

Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title have bitten the dust.

"I wouldn't call it "unfinished business". Now I feel horribly tired and just very bad.

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