Roger Federer stunned at Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson

Heather Diaz
July 12, 2018

The 36-year-old's first serve eluded him for large parts of the match, his famed forehand let him down big-time and by the end, despite hanging in for over four hours in humid conditions, he seemed to give up.

Novak Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori. "Of course, it's important for me to be in these quarter-finals".

It was his first win against Federer at the fifth attempt and means he is the first player representing South Africa to reach the semi-final here since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open past year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass. "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever".

The odds are heavily stacked against Kevin Anderson ahead of his Wimbledon quarter-final against defending champion Roger Federer on Wednesday. His fourth-round match against Gilles Simon was suspended because of bad light after the fourth-seeded Argentine lost the third set.

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

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done".

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It's Anderson's very first time in the Wimbledon semi-finals and he will now face either Milos Raonic or John Isner for a place in the final. "I feel like the more experienced you are, the more you can deal with those better".

But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side.

He said: "It was quite a unusual feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years". The No.2 seed has an easy outing against Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round as he defeated him 6-0, 7-5, 6-4.

One major taking point after the match has to be the fact that Federer was put on Court One so that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could play their quarter-finals on Centre Court. "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of months, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

The South African is through to the last eight for the first time, and he said: 'Playing somebody like Roger Federer is going to be a great experience.

Ho-hum. It's another Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance for Roger Federer, who seeks a fifth straight and 13th overall trip to the semifinals at the All-England Club when he takes on No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday in London. The three have lost one set between them all tournament.

The women's semi-finals are set for Thursday. So I'm all right.

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