Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Sports Minister Xasa congratulates Kevin Anderson after win against Federer

Sports Minister Xasa congratulates Kevin Anderson after win against Federer

Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, July 11.

Or was it the court?

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

Federer, the five-time reigning champion, was cruising in the 2009 U.S. Open final (sense the theme), when he was thrown off his game by a combination of the raw, hard-hitting 19-year-old Del Potro and, of all things, computer technology. If you there with doubts or unsure of what's going to happen like I was in the first set then it is not going to go your way.

And he didn't stop there.

It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net. Anderson didn't even face a break point in the fifth set.

Despite leading by two sets and having a match point, Federer was beaten by South African big-server Anderson in the biggest shock of the tournament so far. It's just the third time he's lost a major match after being up two sets to none.

The win in the second set was his 34th straight at the All England Club, tying a record he'd set more than a decade earlier.

"It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam", Djokovic said afterwards. Anderson then saved three break points, hitting an ace to force a fourth set. "Especially after his win in Miami, sort of just seeing him around, watching him play matches on the practice court, I think he has a lot of confidence right now which allows him to be a bit more free from the baseline, from the back", Anderson continued.

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Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.

"I'm grateful but at the same time trying not to get ahead of myself too much".

"He could be the nightmare draw, the players left will want to see him go out because his serve is bigger and he never has a bad serving day", he said.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. This was also Anderson's first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, becoming the first South African man to do so since Wayne Ferreira reached the last eight in 1994. You definitely thought Federer would get the job done.

Meanwhile, Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash.

Serving at deuce and 3-4, Anderson yanked Federer from one corner of the court to the other with blistering groundstrokes until the Swiss ended the 21-shot rally by netting yet another backhand. "The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me", Anderson said earlier in the week.

The Swiss refused to blame his surprise defeat on the decision to play the match on Court One rather than his customary Centre Court stage at the All England Club. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?"

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