Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match.

It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes. Anderson, meanwhile, eventually overcame Monfils 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/2) 5-7 7-6 (7/4) to set up a clash with Federer.

The South African will play in his first Wimbledon quarter-final against a player who's won the tournament a record eight times.

Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

"I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around".

On winning the match Anderson said: "I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting".

Defending champion Roger Federer has looked his usual confident and frankly unbeatable self thus far at Wimbledon.

After a marathon final set, a double fault on Federer in the 23rd game was ultimately what did in the No. 1 player. But on Monday, in his Wimbledon 2018 fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino, Federer tried his hand at a different sport altogether.

"I think psychologically there's a huge difference for Anderson to play on Court One rather then Centre", the Swede, working as Eurosport's chief analyst, told Reuters. I think that was the key at the end. "That's my problem really".

"It was an important victory as since 2011 I have not been in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon".

Anderson came from two sets down to beat the eight-time Wimbledon champion 13-11 in the fifth and pull off a famous upset.

Federer immediately went up 40-0 on the Anderson serve in the opening game, taking the second of three break points when the eighth seed hit a backhand wide before easily holding to love.

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds. He then broke the serve of his Japanese opponent in the next game.

He has sent down 96 aces in four rounds and dropped serve just six times.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

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