Federer falls to Anderson in five-set shock Wimbledon quarterfinal exit

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

In the last eight tomorrow, Federer will face eighth seed Kevin Anderson, one of a number of players enjoying a career-best Wimbledon after a 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Gael Monfils.

He clawed his way from two-sets down to win 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes. Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely during their men's singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

Anderson then held the 24th game to clinch one of tennis' most famous victories.

The South African will play in his first Wimbledon quarter-final against a player who's won the tournament a record eight times.

The French Open champion skipped playing pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournaments but has found the right gear and is looking capable of reaching the final this year.

South Africa's Kevin Andersonreacts during his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final.


Djokovic came through his most major test to date in the third round in impressive style, as he saw off home favourite Kyle Edmund in four sets. Federer broke Anderson's serve three times, but never did so after the second set.

"Just today, when I needed it, I couldn't get it up".

"His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson.

Serbia's Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating the Japanese 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Roger Federer's Wimbledon title defence is over following a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to an inspired Kevin Anderson on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

Federer couldn't convert a break point at 3-4 and as the final set headed into extra time a lone voice in the crowd, mindful of England's imminent World Cup semi-final against Croatia, shouted out "Hurry up I need to watch the football". I think that's not fair.

'I don't think it really mattered, to be honest.

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.

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