Federer, Nadal, Djokovic headline Wimbledon quarterfinals

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

"It just wasn't one of my best days", Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters.

Anderson, meanwhile, is coming off a four-set win over Gael Monfils that saw three of those sets go to a tiebreaker. It's also the first time Anderson has knocked off Federer, the defending Wimbledon champion, in five tries.

Federer applauded his opponent and shrugged off the loss. But that turned out to be the least of his worries. "If you go out there with doubts or unsure what's going to happen, like I maybe did a little bit in that first set, it's not going to go your way".

Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.

Earlier, Federer responded via Twitter to Sachin Tendulkar and said he was keen on taking notes from the master blaster as soon as he could.

Federer seemed to be heading for a routine victory with match point to complete a straights set win in the third.

Anderson stayed in the match thanks to his serving, compiling 28 aces.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

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Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines.

It would be unwise to write off his chances of adding to his 20 grand slam titles in light of his three in the past 18 months but it is not going to get any easier, certainly at Wimbledon.

"Obviously I'm very ecstatic to get through that match", 32-year-old Anderson said.

"I think I just love being around here". Anderson upset top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland on Wednesday.

"Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger.

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016.

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.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd. I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

"He said he thinks it damaged the court". That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1.

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do". So I'm all right.

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