Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

Defending champion Roger Federer suffered the most shocking defeat of the tournament so far as he was knocked out by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

The eighth-seeded Anderson trailed two sets to none and faced match point in the third set before staving off elimination to win the set 7-5.

Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

Federer had been favourite to lift a ninth title but will now only be able to watch Sunday's final, where his great rival Rafael Nadal is expected to be one of the combatants. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

Federer, who led by two sets, held match point in the third set, only for Anderson to break his serve and launch the greatest comeback of his career.

The Swiss lost the set in a flurry of aces, with Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sending the match into a decider.

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Defending champion Jon Rahm tied for fourth, while tournament host Rory McIlroy closed with a 71 and tied for 28th. His long birdie putt curled left to right and into the cup. "Tough to describe how awesome this feels", Knox said.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

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 a year ago.

Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years.

Federer had been pursuing a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and a 44th appearance in the last four of a grand slam.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". 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". You need that mindset against Roger. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016.

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