Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Rafael Nadal ended a seven-year wait to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals again as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic joined him in the last eight.

In this picture, Federer celebrates after beating France's Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in their men's singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2018.

The match on Court 1 lasted four hours, 14 minutes.

"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue".

Roger Federer will remain the world number two even if he defends his title at Wimbledon. I wasn't too concerned. That's a bad feeling to have. I think that's not fair.

The shock of the tournament appeared to be edging closer when Anderson moved 30-0 up in the third game, but Federer relied on his serve to salvage a hold, doing the same four games later to dig himself out of another hole after Anderson had also recovered from 30-0 down.

Here's how Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli celebrated his big win
Anushka is donning a black camisole paired with a checkered blue shirt while Virat is wearing a blue T-shirt. She was also seen at the IPL matches, in which Virat played for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

There was little sign of the drama which unfolded when Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes.

"I wasn't feeling particularly well off the baseline". I thought the guy would miss a lot more and thought I could get away with it.

"It's disappointing. No doubt about it. He got what he needed it when he needed it. Credit to him for hanging around really that long", Federer said.

Mannarino was already handed a point after Federer's shot landed outside the court, but the Swiss was seen going on his front-foot and defending the ball with the middle of his racquet and a flawless roll of the wrists. I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game.

"I felt good actually", Federer said. I didn't think that was ever going to happen. "I had my chances and I blew it". "That's my problem really". Not only is Federer the best of all time on the Wimbledon grass, and not only is Anderson historically not great on the grass (he's never been to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before this year), but the 32-year-old South African has never won a set off Fed-Ex anywhere.

Either way, Dancer is eager to see how Anderson fares in his latest shot against Federer. Their semi-final clash in the 2016 Olympics was one of the matches of the year, and if del Potro's body holds up (given he only completed his four-set win against Gilles Simon on Tuesday) it could turn into a classic. I wouldn't call it "unfinished business". Now I feel horribly tired and just very bad.

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