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

Defending Wimbledon champion Federer ousted in quarter-finals

Defending Wimbledon champion Federer ousted in quarter-finals

South African Kevin Anderson outlasted Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon quarterfinal. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

Before tomorrow's quarter-finals, it is hard to see anything other than a ninth title here for Federer - who is yet to have his serve broken during this tournament - after yet another straight-sets victory on Centre Court.

After losing the first two sets, 32-year old native of South Africa came back to win the final three sets 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 to advance to the semifinal round for the first time in his career.

Already the owner of the most Wimbledon titles-eight-in history, Federer is playing like he's going to add another to his resume.

Federer served first in the seesaw battle of extra time, which ought to have put Anderson at a slight psychological disadvantage, forced to serve from behind just to stay even. You definitely thought Federer would get the job done. Anderson saved match point in the third set and went on to win in 4 hours and 14 minutes, booking his place in the semifinals in the process.

In press conference, Federer said: 'It's just not one of my best days, but they don't happen very often either. "Making the semis, beating Roger Federer is something special, something I will remember", Anderson said.

"I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting", Anderson told the BBC.

Djokovic is a 12-time major champion who's been in something of a rut, due to right elbow troubles that lasted more than a year until he finally had surgery in February.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to face number nine John Isner of the U.S. on Friday.

In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.

And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?"

Not quite to the same extent as Anderson, but Djokovic too was forced to improve as his meeting with Nishikori raged on, particularly after the 24th seed showed a sturdier response to level after two sets.

"I think I just love being around here". That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

It took almost five hours for the match to go final, somehow longer than Anderson's day with Federer.

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