SA’s Kevin Anderson stuns Roger Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Kevin Anderson

The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

Federer suffered one of the most stunning defeats of his career on Wednesday (July 11), blowing a two-set lead and wasting a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss.

After four hours of hard play on Tuesday at the grass courts of Wimbledon's All England Lawn Tennis and Racquet Club, the Swiss tennis superstar and championship mainstay fell in a dramatic five-set game against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. "When I come here, I come here thinking I can do a good result". After that, Federer began to struggle and Anderson unloaded his swings on every shot. But there was more.

Djokovic has got his wish as he will take on the world number 24 Kei Nishikori on Centre Court, while Federer will take on Anderson on court number one.

But he had never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.

After that things became a little trickier, and Federer was in danger of losing a set when Mannarino had three break points in the eighth game of the third set. He won the match, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon.

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Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set.

This time it was Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils who held up the Serbian, who said: "Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

The world No 1 said: "Of course it's an important result for me".

"But today we savour this man's heroic character and tennis".

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.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation during their men's singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net. "I think Rafa will go through because there is a big difference between having a close match with Nadal and beating him".

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