Former Illini star Kevin Anderson stuns top seed Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

From that point on, he found himself in a dogfight. It was a match Federer could, probably should, have won and yet he will now leave here wondering - probably like everyone else - how many more chances he will get to add to his eight Wimbledon titles. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

That took great self-belief, he added, knowing that he had never taken a set off 20-time major victor Federer in four previous meetings.

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break. That matched his own record, set back back in 2006.

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

Top seed Federer, 36, had not dropped a set on his way to the last eight.

There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve that Federer could not handle.

The decider went on serve deep into double figures, before Anderson broke in the decisive 23rd game to set up a chance to serve the match - a chance he duly took.

It was only the seventh OT match (meaning longer than 7-6 in the fifth) in Federer's career, and his first since beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final. "I was in the flow of the match", eighth seed Anderson said. "By the end I thought I did a great job".

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And his great rival Federer, despite the fact he will be 37 when the next Wimbledon comes around, allayed any fears that he might hang up his racket sooner rather than later. "I kept on telling myself, keep believing, today is my day". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.

But Anderson was just getting started.

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"I just said, I'm down two sets to love, let me keep fighting".

"He said he thinks it damaged the court".

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set.

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

He had been yearning for a Centre Court date, after playing as many games on Court Two as the main show court so far this tournament.

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