Federer out from Wimbledon semis, SA’s Kevin Anderson moves ahead

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is surprising even himself with his latest record-setting run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

"In our overall record, I didn't think of it like that", Anderson responded when asked if the fact that he had never before won a set against Federer had played on his mind.

Defending champion Federer was two sets up and had a match point in the third against Anderson, but nearly three hours later he trudged off on the end of a seismic 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 upset. "I nearly could have".

The world No.1 will meet either fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or Frenchman Gilles Simon, whose match was suspended due to darkness with the Argentine leading 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7.

Djokovic, whose 12 major championships include three from the All England Club, got to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016 by beating No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

And Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely.

The 13th seed won all 20 of his service games.

But as Anderson began to increase those percentages, and his number of aces, Federer started to misfire.

Anderson is the first South African man in the Wimbledon last-eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

The comeback was just beginning. "It might take me a while, it might take me half-an-hour, I don't know how long", Federer said.




The Swiss maestro had a match point in the third set against South African behemoth Kevin Anderson, but couldn't maintain the high-quality tennis that had led him to the final eight and he ended up being bundled out in five sets.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some unbelievable points", said 2008 and 2010 champion Nadal.

How hard was it to see this coming?

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings. But there was more. Coming back from having a child and what she's accomplishing, it's incredible. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done. It was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net. He is by far their most successful current tennis player, with Chanel Simmonds the highest-ranked woman at 316 in the WTA rankings and Lloyd Harris, at 221, the next South African on the list in the men's log.

"It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam".

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 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". 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.

"Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job". (Novak) Djokovic is getting closer to where he once was. So I'm all right. He already has one Grand Slam title on the year from the Australian Open. "I don't want to stop here".

"I'm very pleased to be back in the second week".

He'll have to get past Nadal first.

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