Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Roger Federer reacts to shock Wimbledon exit after Kevin Anderson defeat

Roger Federer reacts to shock Wimbledon exit after Kevin Anderson defeat

Djokovic saved three break points in the fifth game of the third and made the Japanese star pay by breaking for 4-2 and an eventual two sets to one lead.

Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

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. "It's disappointing, being up two-sets to love and having a match point".

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". You need that mindset against Roger. I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game.

It was only the seventh OT match (meaning longer than 7-6 in the fifth) in Federer's career, and his first since beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.

From there, the tall and powerful Anderson kicked on whilst Federer stalled.

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

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I don't think it's fair but it is what it is". "Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one". Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

While Federer's stunning loss has denied tennis fans the possibility of another blockbuster final showdown with his great rival Nadal, Anderson now has the opportunity to go one better than his charge to last year's US Open title decider.

Amid all of the chaos in the women's bracket at Wimbledon, the quarterfinal round in the men's bracket boasts a lot of familiar faces.

Federer didn't seemed bothered by being away from Centre Court when he cruised through the first set in just 26 minutes.

But Anderson was just getting started.

But Federer offered a contrasting view in his media conference following a 6-0 7-5 6-4 fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set.

It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.

From Wimbledon and ICC, it has now moved over to Roger Federer and Sachin Tendulkar as the two legends discussed helping each other out with their trademark shots on the tennis court and cricket field respectively.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including past year.

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