Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

There will be a new Wimbledon champion as Roger Federer was upset in a thrilling a five-set match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.

Eyeing a ninth title at The All England Club, Federer ultimately paid the price for being unable to convert any more than three of 12 break-point chances in the four-hour, 14-minute cliffhanger on Court One.

It was Federer´s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

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.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

Federer faces eighth seed Kevin Anderson, who he has not dropped a set against in four previous meetings.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing. It's not like I would have remembered exactly how it would have felt", Federer said. You need that mindset against Roger.

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"I´m ecstatic. That´s what you work so hard for. Matches likes that are very special". Federer is now 266-3 after winning the first two sets.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon.

Even while taking a two-set lead, Federer never looked quite like the same dominant player who came into the match on a 32-set win streak, having not lost a service game since last year's Wimbeldon semifinals.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including past year.

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds.

The South African is through to the last eight for the first time, and he said: 'Playing somebody like Roger Federer is going to be a great experience.

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