Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

On Wednesday, he went up two sets to love against Kevin Anderson, a formidable but clearly overmatched player. You have to have that mindset. I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game. "Matches likes that are very special".

Anderson's comeback victory is only the second time Federer has lost at Wimbledon after leading by two sets, following a quarter-final defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them.

Federer was the heavy favourite to lift a record ninth title at the All England Club but struggled to make a dent in the Anderson serve, with the eighth seed playing the match of his life.

Meanwhile, Nadal will face off against Juan Martin del Potro; Federer will play Kevin Anderson and Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori.

Anderson's serve is highly respected at this level, but he managed to meet the mark with an average of only 56 per cent of his first serves over the first two sets.

Anderson stayed in the match thanks to his serving, compiling 28 aces.

Update: Federer not only dropped his first set, but his second as well.

It means Nadal is now in his 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal and following previous years of injuries and bad luck at SW19, the Spaniard was pleased to reach the last eight.


Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. From there, Anderson broke Federer's serve in the next game to take a 6-5 advantage and won the set 7-5 with an ace, but only after remarkably holding off three break points.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a ideal batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon.

South African Kevin Anderson outlasted Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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