Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic


The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

"Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job". I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". You have to have that mindset.

"I always say I was in the same position, it's not easy coming from South Africa, it's very far from the tennis scene".

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Japan´s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

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.

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Federer was the heavy favourite to lift a record ninth title at the All England Club but struggled to make a dent in the Anderson serve, with the eighth seed playing the match of his life.

Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

Gaining in confidence, Anderson took care of Federer 6-4 in the fourth, setting up a do-or-die fifth set.

Anderson's serve is highly respected at this level, but he managed to meet the mark with an average of only 56 per cent of his first serves over the first two sets.

Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion's title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.

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"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.

Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

But he first wants to learn how to play the backhand before teaching Federer how to play the straight drive. After Anderson calmed down and lost a pretty tight second set, Federer's forehand started going wayward.

Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers. I scraped through the third and fourth sets.

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From Wimbledon and ICC, it has now moved over to Roger Federer and Sachin Tendulkar as the two legends discussed helping each other out with their trademark shots on the tennis court and cricket field respectively.

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