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

Rafael Nadal: Why I feel sorry for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal: Why I feel sorry for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Top seed Federer had a match point in the 10th game of the third set but made a hash of a backhand and almost two hours later he trudged off a beaten man.

The Swiss superstar started off proceedings and held serve as did Anderson a game later. He is the 8th ranked player on the ATP World Tour, and will have a chance to elevate that over the next few days in England.

Federer won the first two sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5) before Anderson rallied to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4, becoming the first player at Wimbledon this year to take a set from Federer.

It was only the fifth time in Federer's career that he lost a best-of-five match that he led, two sets to none.

It was the 10 game in the third set. "By the end I thought I did a great job".

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best".

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"I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final", Nadal explained. "Again, I really hope it's an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself". I want to remember this match, but I also need to recover.

"I'm in a position to hopefully be here on Sunday".

What does the loss mean for Roger Federer? "It's disappointing, being up two-sets to love and having a match point".

"I felt good actually", Federer said.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage.

"Yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year", said Federer, who has won three Grand Slams over the last two years.

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Del Potro was the only one of the quarter-finalists in action on Tuesday as he finished off a tough four-set victory over Gilles Simon. Then in the 23rd game, at 11-all, 30-30 Federer blinked, sending down a double-fault and then drove a forehand into the net to allow his giant opponent to serve for a place in the semifinals. Some of that was because the South African continued to attack at every opportunity. In the end, he threw up his hands when a Federer shot flew long.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone. Playing Japan's Kei Nishikori, the Serb, seeded 12, dominated the rallies to move into the last four. The blip couldn't slow Djokovic's momentum, as the 31-year-old eased into cruise control in the third.

Federer served first in the seesaw battle of extra time, which ought to have put Anderson at a slight psychological disadvantage, forced to serve from behind just to stay even.

I felt the first set obviously wasn't great for me. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals", Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 French Open, said.

"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue. I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court", Nadal added.

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