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Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson stays cool despite Roger Federer upset

12 July 2018

The prospect of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final is no more.

But, turning 37 in less than a month, Federer refused to blame fatigue after giving up a two-set advantage for the first time since doing so seven years ago against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open.

The two players then held their serves brilliantly in the fifth and decisive set, until Anderson broke Federer in the 23rd game to go up 12-11.

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. "By the end I thought I did a great job".

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", Anderson said.

No tournament wants to see Federer go out and we'll be denied a repeat of that 2008 Federer v Nadal final, which is a shame.

Roger Federer admitted he didn't expect a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss against Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Nadal exited in the fourth round last year to Gilles Muller, but having made the quarterfinals this year, the 32-year-old extended his lead over Federer in the ATP rankings by 180 points. After dropping the first two sets, he stormed back to level the match and eventually outlasted the top seed with a 13-11 triumph in the final set.

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He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalise on three break points at one set all. Against Anderson, though he hit 16 aces, it was down to 79 %. There was no drop-off in intensity; no letdown in the quality of his play.

From there, Anderson came all the way back, shocking Federer with a 13-11 triumph in the fifth and final set, capping off the four-plus hour match with a bullet serve up the middle that Federer returned long.

He was leading by two sets and 5-4 in the third when, with Anderson serving, he got to Advantage.

With fifth-set tiebreakers not permitted at Wimbledon, they played on - each point heavy with implications. If it gnawed at him, there was no evidence as the match surpassed the four-hour mark.

Anderson trails Isner 3-8 in career meetings. The Swiss lost his serve, putting the match in Anderson's big-serving hands.

And he closed, fittingly, on a service victor.

The Centre Court spectators, who included the Duchess of Cornwall, Rory McIlroy and Sir Richard Branson watching on from the Royal Box, were wowed by two highlight-reel rallies in the first five games.

Wednesday's other quarterfinals will pit Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro, while American John Isner will take on Canada's Milos Raonic for a semifinal berth.

Wimbledon 2018 -- Kevin Anderson stays cool despite Roger Federer upset