Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

According to ESPN, it was the deepest Federer went in Wimbledon since the 2009 final against Andy Roddick. 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.

Novak Djokovic wants to play on Centre Court, too.

That didn't seem to affect his focus, though, and neither did a time violation he was given when serving at 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting". South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headline the men's quarterfinal lineup at Wimbledon on Wednesday as the trio bid to all reach the last four at the same Grand Slam for the time since the 2012 French Open.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson of South Africa returns the ball to Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

"It's a pretty exciting opportunity to play Federer here at Wimbledon", said Anderson, who has never beaten the 20-time Grand Slam champion in four attempts.

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.

Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.

With the scores deadlocked at 11-11 in the final set, and no obvious break in serve forthcoming, Anderson profited as Federer started to show signs of strain.

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.

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Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Djokovic looked in control in the first set.

When the US Open finalist took the third-set tiebreak, however, his belief grew.

When Nishikori let his own racket fly in the fourth set, he wasn't chastised, which prompted Djokovic to yell "double standards" toward Ramos - drawing boos from fans.

"But then fourth and fifth, obviously the fifth was long, that's like two sets, the fifth".

Wednesday's other quarter-final sees 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic tackle United States ninth seed John Isner, making his Wimbledon last-eight debut at 33.

Also, the Swiss in now on a mediocre 7-6 score when match reaches the fifth set at Wimbledon, not a great stat for an eight-time victor.

Dabrowski and Xu will face No. 12 seeds Nicole Melichar of the US and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

After two years of physical and mental struggles, Djokovic appears fit and confident and ready to try to add to his tally of 12 grand slam titles.

Pavic and Dabrowski, the top mixed doubles seeds, lost in the third round at Wimbledon.

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