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

Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

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.

"I think I was sort of on the border of actually going on to Australia (in 2017)".

It was only the fifth time in Federer's career that he lost a best-of-five match that he led, two sets to none. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember.

Rafael Nadal is in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. I feel like I'm getting better and better with every match.

The reigning champion's straight-set win means he has now won his last 32 consecutive sets on the surface and is three set wins away from breaking his previous record of 34, which he accomplished between 2005 and 2006.

"I think in a way I've earned the right to play the quarter on Centre, we've put the request in to the organisers", Djokovic said.

Federer's bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament's greatest upsets. Still the focus was on the big three in the men's draw - Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal - but Anderson believed he could surprise many with victory, constantly talking to himself throughout the game.

"I don't think it would have changed if I played there past year". Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

From there, Anderson came all the way back, shocking Federer with a 13-11 triumph in the fifth and final set, capping off the four-plus hour match with a bullet serve up the middle that Federer returned long. I gave it my all.

But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side.

Roger Federer found it hard to explain his shock quarter-final loss to South African Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Tendulkar, the former India captain widely renowned as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was impressed by Federer's form after the 20-time Grand Slam champion was spotted praticising his forward defence during his victory over Adrian Mannarino at Wimbledon. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 156kph second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 214kph ace.

Now, there is an ongoing mission to continue flying the South African flag in tennis.

Anderson admitted he was "unsettled" in the opening exchanges, but though two sets down, with his serve under-par, Anderson then re-tuned and started to cause Federer all sorts of trouble, both with his serve and from the baseline. The 37-year-old vows to be back.

"That was something I learned from 2016 where I constantly tried to get back into competition too quickly".

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