When Kevin Anderson ended Wimbledon King Roger Federer’s reign

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

Federer, who was bidding to extend his record eight men's titles, was ousted Wednesday by free-hitting Kevin Anderson, who battled back from a two-sets-to-none deficit.

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.

Federer was looking fragile and when he netted on the forehand side to hand Anderson a 4-3 lead in the fourth set, the errors were becoming more problematic.

The Swiss superstar started off proceedings and held serve as did Anderson a game later.

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

Federer is a ideal 12-0 in Sets thus far and a flawless 4-0 in Matches at Wimbledon 2018.

Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer.

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 kept on telling myself, keep believing, today is my day".

Kevin Anderson took deep breaths, big gulps of the early-evening air as he paced the court, preparing to serve for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals.

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Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings. "Analyzing his special win, Anderson said: 'I have already gotten tons of messages from support back home", said Anderson. Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.

Nishikori, playing in his first quarterfinal at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semifinals in 85 years.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match", said Federer, referring to his own level of play.

The next challenge for Djokovic is a quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, who he has beaten 12 times in a row since the Japanese star claimed his biggest victory in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014.

Anderson will now move into his first semi-finals at the tournament; taking on the victor of John Isner and Milos Raonic for a place in a final against what may be Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

Eventually though, Djokovic pulled away with emphatic wins in both the third and fourth sets. It is true that it has been a while since I have been in that position. It wasn't until the Italian Open in May that he seemed to find his form again, ultimately losing in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. The 31-year-old, however, served up the whole range from antics to awesome shot-making.

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.

'I don't think it really mattered, to be honest. "Obviously I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass court season".

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