When Kevin Anderson ended Wimbledon King Roger Federer’s reign

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

It's Federer's earliest exit from Wimbledon since 2013.

Before Wednesday, Federer's last dropped set at the All England Club came in his 2016 semifinal loss to Canadian Milos Raonic, who later Wednesday lost a four-set quarterfinal to American John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3. I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for U.S. citizenship.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". "It just happened to be that today wasn't the day". "I need to watch the football!" a fan shouted during a fifth set that seemed to have everything but an ending, but you could not take your eyes off it. I love this sport and I've been working hard and smart to get into shape for the big events, and nothing gets bigger than Wimbledon.

The only problem with doing one of Rafa's matches is that he's very OCD.

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes.

'I don't think it would have changed if I played there past year, ' the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.

Anderson has been in the tennis circuit for as many years as Rafael Nadal.

Anderson had 28 aces in the victory, compared to Federer's 16 aces.

Anderson admitted he was "unsettled" in the opening exchanges, but though two sets down, with his serve under-par, Anderson then re-tuned and started to cause Federer all sorts of trouble, both with his serve and from the baseline. Every set won by Anderson required an extra game to determine the victor.

At 32 Kevin Anderson is a bit long in the tooth to be a surprise package. He faces fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who has reached the last eight at consecutive Grand Slams for the first time since 2012.

Federer, whose form here made it look increasingly likely he would become the first man in the professional era to win five Grand Slam titles after the age of 30, said fatigue had not been a factor even when the match went into its fifth hour.

2008 Wimbledon finalRafael Nadal d.

'I've played this year so far only once in first four matches on Centre Court.

Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level.

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set.

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. "Hopefully I can maintain that".

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