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

Roger Federer Exits Wimbledon After a Nail-Biting Match Against Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer Exits Wimbledon After a Nail-Biting Match Against Kevin Anderson

"I still felt like all he needed to do was give me a few second serves, finally pick the right sides again, things could change". Now I feel horribly worn out and just very bad. I said today is going to be my day.

Eyeing a ninth title at The All England Club, Federer ultimately paid the price for being unable to convert any more than three of 12 break-point chances in the four-hour, 14-minute cliffhanger on Court One.

He equalled his own record of winning 34 consecutive sets at SW19 by taking the the first two against Anderson.

Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning.

And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major tournament after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago.

"I've been there before".

"So if I would have won in straight sets, then it could have been all right, because I would have had a great first set, and second set was whatever it was". I was able to bring that.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, was visibly disappointed at those missed opportunities, incurring a warning from umpire Ramos for throwing his racket, and Nishikori made him feel even worse when he broke to lead 3-1 after Djokovic put an attempted drop shot into the net. I wasn't horribly negative the whole game.

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Earlier in the day, Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon. He is by far their most successful current tennis player, with Chanel Simmonds the highest-ranked woman at 316 in the WTA rankings and Lloyd Harris, at 221, the next South African on the list in the men's log.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss. Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will definitely be one that I remember - especially in such a close match". You need that mindset against Roger.

There's a sense of loss whenever Federer is beaten because he's so good to watch.

But the 2018 French Open champion is on a roll and will likely continue that into the Wimbledon final.

Djokovic is back in the locker room and he will be saying "thank you very much".

"I think I was sort of on the border of actually going on to Australia (in 2017)". You definitely thought Federer would get the job done. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets.

It seemed the longer it went on the more aggressive he became and better he played at the end.

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