Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Defending champion Federer crashes out of Wimbledon

Defending champion Federer crashes out of Wimbledon

He ended the match with a serve down the middle that.

"Just today, when I needed it, I couldn't get it up".

Novak Djokovic accused a Spanish match official of "double standards".

Wednesday sees the men take centre stage in the singles quarter-finals.

He next faces two-time champion Nadal or Del Potro in his first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open. I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket.

And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators' cries of "Let's go, Roger!" echoed through the shadows, everything came apart for the eight-time champion against an opponent who'd never beaten him before nor made it this far at the All England Club.

Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set. "That's the thing. I can be here, I can't come here and say, 'no, of course I want to play against the best players'". "From that standpoint, I felt great in practice, good in the warm-up", Federer said in his post-match press conference.

Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final. But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.

Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning.

The Swiss had led by two sets to love and had a match point but collapsed late in a lengthy decider to crash out 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-6 11-13 in a contest that lasted more than four hours.

Federer couldn't convert a break point at 3-4 and as the final set headed into extra time a lone voice in the crowd, mindful of England's imminent World Cup semi-final against Croatia, shouted out "Hurry up I need to watch the football".

"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue (during the match)".

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

It was the biggest shock in a tournament already brimming with surprises, especially as Joahannesburg-born Anderson had not even won a set in their four previous meetings.

By contrast, eight-time champion Federer, and Nadal, the title victor on two occasions, have played exclusively on the 15,000-seater Centre Court.

Isner is hoping he might have some presidential support should he reach the semi-finals, with Donald Trump due to visit the United Kingdom later this week.

The Japanese star though faces an uphill task against Djokovic, against whom he has a 2-12 win-loss record.

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