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

Wimbledon: Roger Federer shocked in 5 sets by Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon: Roger Federer shocked in 5 sets by Kevin Anderson

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes. From there, Anderson broke Federer's serve in the next game to take a 6-5 advantage and won the set 7-5 with an ace, but only after remarkably holding off three break points.

In his first four matches the Swiss had been utterly dominant on serve, winning 92 % of points on first serve, his best ever serving stats in his 20 years at Wimbledon.

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Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

The Swiss lost the set in a flurry of aces, with Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sending the match into a decider.

"By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening".

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.

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In the end, it just wasn't meant to be Roger Federer's year at Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic's clash against Kei Nishikori went more to script and saw the Serb advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final in nearly two years following a confident 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.

Eighth-seed Anderson completed an audacious comeback against the unlikeliest of foes to suffer one at SW19 on Wednesday when he turned a two-set deficit around to emerge the victor in a four-hour struggle. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response. Nadal will advance to play in his sixth Wimbledon semifinal, and his first since losing in the finals in 2011.

Anderson, a 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, is now looking good going into the semifinal against either Canada's Milos Raonic or U.S. competitor John Isner. "I was in the flow of the match", eighth seed Anderson said. He may well pause to take stock of a journey that started in Johannesburg with him gleaning as much knowledge as possible from worldwide tennis magazines, cutting out articles on the sport's greatest rivalries, while pouring over the Grand Slams whenever they were broadcast on South African television. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that.

He was also the oldest first-time finalist at a major since Niki Pilic at the 1973 French Open.

Federer is a ideal 12-0 in Sets thus far and a flawless 4-0 in Matches at Wimbledon 2018. Playing Japan's Kei Nishikori, the Serb, seeded 12, dominated the rallies to move into the last four. "I'm going to have to really take it to him".

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