Wimbledon Roger Federer feels bad after shock exit to Kevin Anderson


Federer matched his own record of winning 34 straight sets at this year's Wimbledon, but Anderson came for him on their third round and found his own edge. After that, Federer began to struggle and Anderson unloaded his swings on every shot. 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.

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.

When Wimbledon got underway July 2, tennis fans of all loyalties seemed united in rooting for one pairing in Sunday's men's final: a reprise of the 2008 clash between Federer and Nadal, which produced what many believe is the greatest match in tennis history.

Anderson had 28 aces in the match, but he is not just a big server. "It's disappointing, being up two-sets to love and having a match point".

Neither man looked like faltering until Federer double-faulted for the first time in the match and just the fourth time in the tournament in the 23rd game before Anderson held his nerve to snatch a remarkable victory in four hours and 14 minutes.

"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC. Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won. The South African won the quarterfinal matchup by upending the eight-time tournament champ in a 90-minute fifth set.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done".

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The second set was a closer affair, and after a service break apiece, the set had to be decided by a tiebreaker, which the 20-time grand slam victor won 7-5, to look in complete control of proceedings at two sets up.

He was also the oldest first-time finalist at a major since Niki Pilic at the 1973 French Open.

Novak Djokovic admits he is "grateful" to Wimbledon for scheduling his quarter-final match with Kei Nishikori on Centre Court. After making it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, an event where he's dominated historically, Djokovic lost in the first round of several masters events, including the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is realistic about who he wants to face should he reach the Wimbledon final this year. There's hopefully two more matches still to be played.

It means Nadal is now in his 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal and following previous years of injuries and bad luck at SW19, the Spaniard was pleased to reach the last eight.

'I'm pleased I'll be staying there right now'.

" I think I had chances, I'm not sure exactly how many". "I have been building over the last couple of weeks, and the level of tennis I have played in the last couple of months felt like it was getting better and better and I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".

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