Kevin Anderson ousts eight-time champion Roger Federer from Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson ousts eight-time champion Roger Federer from Wimbledon

Switzerland's Roger Federer heads to the exit at Wimbledon after losing for the fifth time in his career with a two-set lead.

Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match.

Federer seemed rattled and his forehand began to look vulnerable and it was that stroke which allowed Anderson a decisive break of serve at 3-3 in the fourth.

While Federer started out strong, besting Anderson 6-2 and 7-6 in the first few sets, his dominance became less complete as play went on. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that. Nerves and serves were severely tested in the afternoon sunshine, but Anderson, a 32-year-old who has cracked at such moments in the past, was the one who held firmest this time.

Federer was rattled, but the credit belonged to Anderson, who had disrupted his illustrious opponent's serve. Federer held on the match and set point.

Eyeing a ninth title at The All England Club, Federer ultimately paid the price for being unable to convert any more than three of 12 break-point chances in the four-hour, 14-minute cliffhanger on Court One.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

"I just kept on telling myself "I have to keep believing". Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won. It was only the third time in Federer's career that he lost a Grand Slam match after winning the first two sets.

That took great self-belief, he added, knowing that he had never taken a set off 20-time major victor Federer in four previous meetings.


Tendulkar then invited Federer to "exchange notes" after the tournament's end, which the eight-time Wimbledon champion courteously accepted.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament. The blip couldn't slow Djokovic's momentum, as the 31-year-old eased into cruise control in the third.

The victor of this one will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, reached his first semi-final at the majors in more than two years by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Federer found himself scheduled on Court One having been ousted from his usual Centre Court domain for the first time in three years.

It was the 10 game in the third set. "That's the thing. I can be here, I can't come here and say, 'no, of course I want to play against the best players'".

Djokovic will play Nadal in the semifinals. I couldn't really get the rallies going the way I wanted to, especially 1-2 punch wasn't working at all. Maybe I don't have a good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him'.

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

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