Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Wimbledon - Roger Federer squanders huge lead against Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer walks onto court Many tennis fans are hoping that Federer and Nadal can recreate their classic Wimbledon final of 2008 Credit Tim Ireland AP
Betsy Taylor | 14 July, 2018, 08:05

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

"I really tried my best to keep fighting", Anderson, 32, told the BBC immediately after coming off court from the 4-hour, 14-minute match.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some wonderful points", said 2008 and 2010 champion Nadal. Inevitably, the match went the whole length and then some more, until Anderson grabbed the only break-point in the entire set.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro meet later on Wednesday to decide whom Djokovic will face in the next phase of the London tournament. Rafa remains in action at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals where he will face off against Novak Djokovic. Flying under the radar, he saw off Norbert Gombos, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils en route to the quarterfinals, dropping just two sets in the process.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.

But Anderson worked his way into the match in the second set, which he narrowly lost in a tiebreaker after the two players had traded service breaks. We have a good time as a family.

Federer was the firm favourite to triumph in SW19 this year and win a record-breaking ninth Wimbledon title. He extended it to 34 against Anderson, but then the wheels began to come off. He was also hitting more winners off groundstrokes, while small errors started creeping into the Federer game. Raonic hit 31 aces to Isner's 25 but was broken three times, including the last game of the match. But he grew frustrated after failing to capitalize on three straight break points in the third game of the second set and was given a code violation after slamming his racket into the ground.


Nishikori had to survive heavy attack on his serve early in the second as Djokovic smelled blood, saving four break points, which included a 0-40 game. And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago. "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match", Anderson said. I'm very happy about today.

He said he did not believe that playing on the No. 1 Court instead of Centre Court was a factor in the defeat. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for US citizenship.

Federer, Wimbledon's greatest male champion, was greeted warmly Wednesday by Court One ticket holders who never imagined they'd have a chance to see him in person.

Isner ousted 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to make his first Grand Slam semifinal in his 41st try.

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

"He's not going to stay around forever but there's no reason for him not to come back one more year at least". "I'm going to have to really take it to him". Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

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