Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

Defending champion Federer was eliminated on the same day 2015 victor Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals after beating Kei Nishikori in four sets.

Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but Kevin Anderson-the 6-foot-8 ball smasher from South Africa-saved that break point and went on to win the set.

Serving at deuce and 3-4, Anderson yanked Federer from one corner of the court to the other with blistering groundstrokes until the Swiss ended the 21-shot rally by netting yet another backhand. Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

Djokovic has got his wish as he will take on the world number 24 Kei Nishikori on Centre Court, while Federer will take on Anderson on court number one.

Anderson had Federer down 0-30 twice on serve in the early stages of the decider but the top seed's survival instincts kicked in and with the advantage of serving first it seemed inevitable that his opponent would crack eventually.

Federer's first double fault of the match was perhaps the most costly error either player made. After 2 hours and 35 minutes of action, Djokovic, who hadn't made a Grand Slam semifinals since the 2016 US Open, powered to his eighth last-four clash at the All England Club with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.

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That period saw an early Djokovic break immediately cancelled out before the Serbian struck again at 4-3, thanks in part to a stunning forehand on the run, and he served the first set out. "Now I feel horribly worn out and just terrible", Federer said. The last time was at the semifinals of the US Open in 2011 against Novak Djokovic. But then fourth and fifth, obviously the fifth was long, that's like two sets, the fifth. But, Nadal being extremely gifted, zoomed in his career to heights, while Anderson, until previous year was nearly an unknown name among the tennis fans who watch the sport only for the likes of Federer and Nadal.

Gaining in confidence, Anderson took care of Federer 6-4 in the fourth, setting up a do-or-die fifth set. He extended it to 34 against Anderson, but then the wheels began to come off. Anderson will take on the victor of Milos Raonic and American John Isner.

His loss to Anderson was the first match he'd played on Number One Court since 2015. "That's the thing. I can be here, I can't come here and say, 'no, of course I want to play against the best players'".

Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semi-finals, where he will meet Rafael Nadal. The blip couldn't slow Djokovic's momentum, as the 31-year-old eased into cruise control in the third.

He said: 'I felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it. "I'm a big player, big serve". I felt I was really in the flow of the match.

'I don't think it would have changed if I played there a year ago, ' the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.

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