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

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

Federer's bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament's greatest upsets.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson has beaten defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in five gruelling sets. The South African's nerve held and so did his serve in the 24th game of the deciding set.

Anderson will now move into his first semi-finals at the tournament; taking on the victor of John Isner and Milos Raonic for a place in a final against what may be Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic. A flourishing Federer backhand put him 4-2 up before a similarly impressive forehand gave him three set points, taking the third following a pair of uncharacteristic errors. Federer, who was bidding to extend his record eight men's titles, was ousted Wednesday by free-hitting Kevin Anderson, who battled back from a two-sets-to-none deficit.

Anderson had Federer down 0-30 twice on serve in the early stages of the decider but the top seed's survival instincts kicked in and with the advantage of serving first it seemed inevitable that his opponent would crack eventually.


Roger Federer thinks a scheduling clash between the World Cup and Wimbledon is football's issue, and not something tennis should be worrying about.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". You need to go with that mindset against a player like Roger.

His loss to Anderson was the first match he'd played on Number One Court since 2015.

This will be their first meeting on grass, and Nishikori said: 'I think it's going to be a new game for us.


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. I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at IL in 2006, is from South Africa. The 31-year-old, however, served up the whole range from antics to awesome shot-making.

"Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one". However, he fell once, this time in a 7-6 tiebreaker, to fall behind two sets to none. If it gnawed at him, there was no evidence as the match surpassed the four-hour mark. "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 USA citizenship.


After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

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