Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Federer shocked by Anderson in Wimbledon quarters epic

Federer shocked by Anderson in Wimbledon quarters epic

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember".

"I kept telling myself to keep believing".

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on". You need that mindset against Roger.

"I'm ecstatic. That's what you work so hard for. Matches likes that are very special".

Djokovic and Nishikori will play the first match on Centre Court, followed by arguably the pick of the quarter-finals between Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, meaning Federer must make a rare visit to Court One.

Federer, aiming for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title, settled for a tie-break which he took 7-5 - his 300th set overall at the Championships.

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The world's No. 2 ranked player was up 5-4 in the third set and had match point before the eighth-seeded Anderson rallied back to level the sets with a 7-5 victory in the third and winning 6-4 in the fourth set.

Anderson took his opportunity, despite having to save three break points, to seal it in majestic fashion with an ace.

The big South African's hopes looked forlorn as Federer skipped through the opening two sets on Court One with his usual panache but he turned the match on its head to cause the biggest shock yet in a tournament full of upsets. Anderson had 28 aces, 27 of them coming in the final four sets. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break. And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times.

It was his first win against Federer at the fifth attempt and means he is the first player representing South Africa to reach the semi-final here since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the US or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.

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