Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Federer stopped in Wimbledon quarterfinals; Nadal slips through

Federer stopped in Wimbledon quarterfinals; Nadal slips through

Kevin Anderson did the unthinkable on Wednesday, rallying from two sets down against the always great Roger Federer in a grueling Wimbledon quarterfinal match to advance to his first semifinal.

The South African eighth seed staged a remarkable comeback to defeat the top seed and defending champion 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that lasted four hours and 14 minutes.

Or was it the court?

Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer.

Anderson staved off Federer's first and only attempt at match point, trailing 5-4 in the third set, before winning the game to tie the set at 5-5 and ultimately winning the next game to take a 6-5 lead.

But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side.

When Anderson broke in the second set it was the first time the Swiss had dropped serve at this Wimbledon.

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And he didn't stop there.

But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.

He consistently outfought Federer from the baseline, leading to him claim the only break point of the fourth set and take the match into a decider.

Having played three of his opening four matches away from Centre Court, three-time champion Djokovic's request to have his quarterfinal with 24th-seeded Kei Nishikori played in the main stadium was granted.

"I kept telling myself that today was going to be my day", the 32-year-old said after the biggest win of his career.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 37 next month, says he plans to return to SW19 next year.

Not quite to the same extent as Anderson, but Djokovic too was forced to improve as his meeting with Nishikori raged on, particularly after the 24th seed showed a sturdier response to level after two sets. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already So I'm all right. "Then you have moments in the match where you rise to the occasion and play very well".

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'I'm pleased I'll be staying there right now'.

(Juan Martin) Del Potro, don't ever discount him, he's a guy who's won a Slam, won the US Open going back in 09 and got semis in the French. Federer, who was bidding to extend his record eight men's titles, was ousted Wednesday by free-hitting Kevin Anderson, who battled back from a two-sets-to-none deficit.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos. I've been in many, many matches like this. "It's not like I would have remembered exactly how it would have felt", he said. "I think one of the keys, especially in these Grand Slams, because they're two weeks in length, you have to try and keep up with some of your off-court maintenance, especially I think the strength work".

"Well, maybe wasn't my best, but I thought I was playing good enough", said Nishikori.

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