Anderson upsets Federer in marathon thriller at Wimbledon

Anderson upsets Federer in marathon thriller at Wimbledon

Anderson upsets Federer in marathon thriller at Wimbledon

At 6 ft 8', one of the tallest players on the tour, Anderson produced an upset result of tall order, edging the top-seed in a titanic tussle. Breaking Federer was going to be his biggest challenge, as prior to Wednesday's match the Swiss had gone 81 service games without dropping serve. "I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger", Anderson said. He is by far their most successful current tennis player, with Chanel Simmonds the highest-ranked woman at 316 in the WTA rankings and Lloyd Harris, at 221, the next South African on the list in the men's log.

Asked if he knew where he lost control, Federer told a media conference: "I guess there was definitely a moment at some point". In the end I did a great job, I wasn't thinking too much.

"I still felt like all he needed to do was give me a few second serves, finally pick the right sides again, things could change".

U.S. ninth seed Isner made the semi-finals of a major for the first time with a 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 6-3 win over 2016 runner-up Raonic.

World number one Rafael Nadal takes on Argentine Juan Martin del Potro directly after Djokovic's match on Centre Court, and Brit Andy Murray, who misses the tournament through injury, cited the decision to have two games staged back to back was the correct one.

It was the second time Federer dropped a two-set lead at Wimbledon - after a reverse to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 - and the fifth time he lost at a major when holding a match point.

Defending Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer was knocked out of this year's championships by South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.

With the scores deadlocked at 11-11 in the final set, and no obvious break in serve forthcoming, Anderson profited as Federer started to show signs of strain.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori. That earned a code violation from chair umpire Carlos Ramos. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", Florida-based Anderson, who is applying for United States citizenship, said.

"It didn't harm the grass". Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning.

"I think that these performances here at Wimbledon have been the best I've had in the last 12 months".

"I felt good actually", Federer said. At the same time I have been in that position a couple of times in my career. Especially with his backhand, he can go both ways.

"I don't think it really mattered, to be honest". But when it comes to Federer, it is never just another run-of-the-mill game.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to face number nine John Isner of the United States on Friday. The last American man to reach the Wimbledon final was Andy Roddick in 2009.

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