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

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

Kevin Anderson, who played at the University of IL, knocked defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon Wednesday.

Certainly, few expected the match to be a 4-hour marathon after Federer took the first set in 26 minutes.

Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good after coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 in the third set to hold serve, and then breaking his Japanese opponent in the next game.

Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.

But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.

As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720.

"He was down match point in the third set, and he's through to his first ever semi-final here at Wimbledon now". Anderson will take on the victor of Milos Raonic and American John Isner.

Since he exited Wimbledon at the first-round stage a year ago, Anderson has enjoyed a solid return, making four finals, including his deep run at the US Open where he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

"I don't think it's something anybody aims for, to win every match in straight sets".

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He saved a match point at 4-5 when Federer missed a forehand, then broke to serve for the third set.

Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

While Federer's stunning loss has denied tennis fans the possibility of another blockbuster final showdown with his great rival Nadal, Anderson now has the opportunity to go one better than his charge to last year's US Open title decider.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage. This is Djokovic's second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Anderson's reward for his famous victory is a semifinal on Friday (Saturday NZT) against either American ninth seed John Isner or Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.

Should Djokovic, Nadal and Federer win, it would be the first time all three played in a semifinal since the 2012 French Open.

"It was quite a unusual feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years", Djokovic said ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals.

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

Nadal has made the quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.

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