World shocked by Federer's loss to Anderson

World shocked by Federer's loss to Anderson

World shocked by Federer's loss to Anderson

Kevin Anderson, who played at the University of IL, knocked defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon Wednesday.

He won the third set to snap Federer's 34-set winning streak at Wimbledon and Federer was clearly shaken as Anderson dominated the fourth set to drag the 20-times Grand Slam champion into a decider. After that, Federer began to struggle and Anderson unloaded his swings on every shot.

Federer, the No. 1 seed, had match point up 5-4 in the third set, but could not put Anderson, the No. 8 seed, away. The South African's nerve held and so did his serve in the 24th game of the deciding set. At 11-11, Anderson broke Federer's serve once again before capping off the upset with another big right-handed serve. The match was a minute shy of three-and-a-half hours, so his physical condition will certainly be tested against the fresher Federer, but he's certainly not lacking confidence.

In a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic, it was 36-year-old Federer's earliest exit at the All England Club since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. He won only 3 of 12 break points on Anderson's serve in the match.

"I just feel sorry for him and congrats to Kevin".

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This feat follows Anderson's 2015 battle with Novak Djokovic, where he took the Serb to five sets in the Wimbledon round of 16 in 2015.

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

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best". Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.

He can produce huge pace from the baseline as well, and he ultimately needed a combination of skills and a great deal of mental strength to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal. And then came opportunity. Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final by beating 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3, hitting 25 aces and saving the only break point he faced.

Earlier on Centre Court, Djokovic overcame Nishikori and his own bad behavior (twice smacked with code violations for racket abuse and a time violation) to become the first to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. "As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective". The blip couldn't slow Djokovic's momentum, as the 31-year-old eased into cruise control in the third. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.

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"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

'I'm grateful, as I said, that it was on Centre Court.

Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semi-finals, where he will meet Rafael Nadal. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

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