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

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

After a four-hour, five-set epic that saw the fifth set go 24 games, and despite knocking out defending champion Roger Federer, the man with the coolest head in Wimbledon post-match was Kevin Anderson.

Federer won the first two sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5) before Anderson rallied to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4, becoming the first player at Wimbledon this year to take a set from Federer.

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes.

A Federer double fault at 11-11 in the fifth opened up the door to the lone break of the decider and Anderson closed it out with a massive serve to reach a first Wimbledon semifinal.

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best".

"I feel that sort of started to change towards the end of the clay court season previous year".

Roger Federer admitted he didn't expect a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss against Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at Wimbledon. "It was just happened to be that today wasn't the day". "I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court", Nadal added. Even now losing, I still felt like the feeling is there. Maybe I don't have a good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him'.

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Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick.

"As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective", Anderson told reporters.

Speaking to the BBC immediately after the match, Anderson said: "I'm not sure what to say right now".

At one point, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was asked how he felt leading up to and in Wednesday's loss and if he was blindsided. I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around.

All told, this match is a true tossup and it wouldn't be a surprise if it extends deep into the fifth set before a victor emerges. He got what he needed when he had to. "I'm going to have to really take it to him". I had my chances and blew them. All credit to Anderson, he hung in there and somehow won the third.

Djokovic and Nishikori will play the first match on Centre Court, followed by arguably the pick of the quarter-finals between Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, meaning Federer must make a rare visit to Court One. I wouldn't call it unfinished business. "I think in hindsight that was a great decision", he recalled.

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