Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson did the unthinkable on Wednesday, rallying from two sets down against the always great Roger Federer in a grueling Wimbledon quarterfinal match to advance to his first semifinal.

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. Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.

Federer fell to 266-3 in career Grand Slam matches where he won the first two sets.

Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good after coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 in the third set to hold serve, and then breaking his Japanese opponent in the next game. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

That also was the closest he's come to winning a Grand Slam trophy, while Federer owns 20. "But he will have to serve so well all the time to beat Federer, and hit his forehand well".

He saved a match point at 4-5 when Federer missed a forehand, then broke to serve for the third set.

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

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The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor, and raised both arms overhead.

He forced a tiebreak but, despite losing the first mini-break, Federer turned things around to go two sets ahead.

The duo had met each other at the All England Club in 2011, when Federer was chasing his seventh Wimbledon title, and fans across the globe had gone into a frenzy seeing the legends in one frame.

"I don't know why Del Potro shouldn't think he has a great chance", Wilander said.

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"Just today, when I needed it, I couldn't get it up".

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John Isner is also through to the last eight for the first time, seven years after reaching his only previous grand slam quarter-final at the US Open.

Federer starts as favourite to book a place in the semi-final, given his head-to-head record against Anderson which stands at 5-0.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has continued his resurgence in the men's game by reaching the semi-finals.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?"

"He said he thinks it damaged the court". Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning. "The last couple of games, I couldn't really see the ball very well".

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