Wimbledon 2018: Shell-shocked Roger Federer explains his defeat

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

The 2017 U.S. Open runner-up triumphed in 4 hours and 14 minutes. He won the Australian Open for the sixth time earlier this year.

Neither player had been able to break the other one in the fifth set, with each holding their serve, until Anderson did to go up 12-11.

In the hunt for a record-extending 9th Wimbledon title, Roger Federer has bowed out at the quarter-final stage this evening. There's hopefully two more matches still to be played. "As of right now, I'm sort of more focused on that than getting too excited about the overall picture".

He ended the match with a serve down the middle that.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

He is a bit of a sporting contradiction - a quietly spoken man, with the loudest of bombastic serves.

From there, the tall and powerful Anderson kicked on whilst Federer stalled.

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

The eighth-seeded Anderson needed four hours and 17 minutes to battle past the eight-time Wimbledon champion 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 on Court 1 and will face the victor of the John Isner vs. Milos Raonic encounter in the semi-finals.

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And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings.

But Anderson is playing the best tennis of his career, having reached the final at Flushing Meadows last September and then a career-high ranking of No.7 in May. And here at Wimbledon, there has been a quiet confidence about Anderson.

As the fifth set became as much a test of mental strength as anything, from 4-all to 6-all to 8-all to 10-all, Anderson was as steady as he needed to be.

Roger Federer's Wimbledon title defence is over following a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to an inspired Kevin Anderson on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

"It's just not one of my best days", he said.

"I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside". I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble'.

Anderson will now rest ahead of Friday's final-four match. Respect him - he deserved to win. He touched post-match on an injury-ravaged 2016, and how his coaching team and nearest and dearest put him back together. Some of that was because the South African continued to attack at every opportunity.

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