Sport Federer stunned by Anderson in marathon quarterfinal

00:09  12 july  2018
00:09  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock

  'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock Roger Federer admitted he was shell-shocked as the Swiss star struggled to come to terms with his "terrible" Wimbledon quarter-final exit against Kevin Anderson. Federer suffered one of the most stunning defeats of his career on Wednesday, blowing a two-set lead and wasting a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss.Federer's bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the defending champion collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks among the tournament's greatest upsets.

No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson pulled off a marathon shocker to beat top-seeded Roger Federer at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Ninth-seeded American John Isner takes on Milos Raonic of Canada in the other quarterfinal . The winner will take on Anderson in the semifinals.

Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle that ended in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 victory for the South African.

Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his quarter final© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his quarter final No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson pulled off a marathon shocker to beat top-seeded Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals at the All England Club in London.

Federer was serving for the match in the third set, but failed to close it out -- giving Anderson, of South Africa, the chance he needed to dethrone the defending champion in a match that lasted nearly four and a half hours.

"I'm not sure what to say right now. I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set. By the end I was able to do a great job and I wasn't thinking too much," Anderson said. "Against someone like Roger, if you go out there with doubts, like I did in the first set, it's not going to go well. That was a great performance from my side. I'm very pleased to get through. I wanted to put myself in these positions. I'm very happy about today. I'm in a position to hopefully be here on Sunday. Beating Roger here at Wimbledon is something I'm going to remember. But hopefully I have two more matches to play."

Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest ever Wimbledon semi-final to reach final at SW19

  Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest ever Wimbledon semi-final to reach final at SW19 The South African outlasted the American after more than six hours and will now face Rafael Nadal or Novak DjokovicThe No.8 seed triumphed 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 over the No.9 seed.

58s ago • 3 min read. 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. After a marathon final set

No. 1 seed Roger Federer suffers stunning upset in Wimbledon quarterfinals . Anderson cut down on his unforced errors while increasing his winners wearing down Federer as the match went on. He had 28 aces to Federer 's 16.

The third-set loss was Federer's first of the tournament and broke a streak of 34 straight sets won at Wimbledon, tying the mark the Swiss star set over a decade ago in 2005-06.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer .© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer .

Anderson then broke Federer to go up 4-3 in the fourth set before holding on to force a decider against the eight-time Wimbledon champ.

Federer and Anderson each held serve throughout the final set, sparking a fan to yell out "I need to watch the football!" to laughter after Federer made it 9-8.

England was set to face Croatia in a World Cup semifinal in two hours when the fan yelled out.

Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings

  Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings Serena Williams returned to the world's top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up. The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing Saturday's final at the All England Club to German Angelique Kerber, Williams's fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third-round exit at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Send to a friend. Close. Anderson stuns Federer in quarter - final cliffhanger.

Roger Federer came out strong in his Wimbledon 2018 Quarterfinal match against Kevin Anderson , winning the first two sets. Anderson pulled off the epic

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson .© REUTERS/Andrew Boyers Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson .

The two continued to hold served until 11-11, when Federer suffered his first double-fault of the match and the first break of the final set.

Anderson, who hadn't been broken since the second set, fell behind 15-0 before serving out for the match by claiming the next four points.

"I just kept on telling myself I need to keep believing. I had to keep telling myself, today was going to be my day," Anderson said.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic had a somewhat easier time against No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours, 35 minutes.

It's the eighth semifinal appearance for Djokovic.

The 12th-seeded Djokovic is continuing his comeback from an elbow injury he suffered a year ago at Wimbledon and sidelined him for six months.

Djokovic improved to 63-10 lifetime in Wimbledon matches in reaching his 32nd Grand Slam semifinal. He's won Wimbledon three times.

Next up for Djokovic will be the winner of a Wednesday quarterfinal between No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro.

Ninth-seeded American John Isner takes on Milos Raonic of Canada in the other quarterfinal. The winner will take on Anderson in the semifinals.

Australian Open to consult players over fifth-set tie-breaks .
Following criticism of the lack of a fifth-set tie-break at Wimbledon, the Australian Open has welcomed dialogue with players on the issue.Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson was vocal in his criticism of the lack of a breaker in the fifth set of matches at the All England Club after he was forced to play for six-and-a-half hours in his semi-final against John Isner.

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