Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

Federer seemed to be heading for a routine victory with match point to complete a straights set win in the third.

"I just kept on telling myself "I have to keep believing".

Switzerland's Roger Federer heads to the exit at Wimbledon after losing for the fifth time in his career with a two-set lead.

You could get long odds on Anderson, 32, to turn over 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, having lost all four of his previous matches with the Swiss great without taking a single set.

The decider went on serve deep into double figures, before Anderson broke in the decisive 23rd game to set up a chance to serve the match - a chance he duly took.

The South African dug deep after warding off match-point and broke the Swiss in the 11th game of the third set before closing out with an ace in the 12th.

"It would take an unbelievable serving performance and for Roger had a bad serving day to cause an upset".

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.

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

Nishikori fought hard, but the signs of wear and tear from playing a foe of Djokovic's quality became apparent when he dropped three breaks in the fourth, decisive set, running out of steam opposite a relentless force.

In the semifinals, Anderson will face the victor of the matchup between American John Isner, the No. 9 seed, and Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 13 seed.

Anderson v Isner will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

The victory sends Anderson to Friday's semifinal, in which he'll face three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who turned back Kei Nishikori in four sets. This was also Anderson's first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, becoming the first South African man to do so since Wayne Ferreira reached the last eight in 1994.

Any thought of the third being an anomaly was soon put to bed by Anderson in the fourth, a scorching forehand return giving him two break points. "I think in hindsight that was a great decision", he recalled.

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. "I couldn't really get the rallies going the way I wanted to, especially the 1-2 punch wasn't working at all today. I'm pleased I'll be staying there right now". It's a big chance for me to face Rafa.

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