Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Anderson into Wimbledon semi finals

Shannon Reynolds | 12 July, 2018, 06:37

Roger Federer admitted he didn't expect a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss against Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Federer, who will face either Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils in the last eight, needed just 16 minutes to wrap up the opening set against Mannarino.

Before tomorrow's quarter-finals, it is hard to see anything other than a ninth title here for Federer - who is yet to have his serve broken during this tournament - after yet another straight-sets victory on Centre Court.

Federer, aiming for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title, settled for a tie-break which he took 7-5 - his 300th set overall at the Championships.

Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russian Federation rather than competitors at SW19.

Federer served first in the seesaw battle of extra time, which ought to have put Anderson at a slight psychological disadvantage, forced to serve from behind just to stay even.

This will be their first meeting on grass, and Nishikori said: 'I think it's going to be a new game for us.

Anderson was sticking to his guns, though, and after saving match point the eighth seed secured another break of the Federer serve and snatched a set back.

Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals
Certainly, few expected the match to be a 4-hour marathon after Federer took the first set in 26 minutes. 'I don't know. Roger Federer might have lost that point but his two-handed defense oozed calmness and was a real hit on social media.

Roger Federer stopped in Wimbledon quarterfinals by South African Kevin Anderson
He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare, lengthy baseline rallies. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon , 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

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The student conceded that she had been advised against going to the water alongside the marine predators prior to the incident. But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.

"Now I feel horribly tired and just bad", Federer said.

But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open.

Anderson hit 13 winners and just four unforced errors in the fourth set, claiming the only break.

"I just kept telling myself to keep believing, and that today it would be my day". After that I never really felt exactly 100 %.

The decider went on serve deep into double figures, before Anderson broke in the decisive 23rd game to set up a chance to serve the match - a chance he duly took. Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open past year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that. If it gnawed at him, there was no evidence as the match surpassed the four-hour mark.

Novak Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori. "I still think if had I lost that match point, I made a few steps in the right direction".

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

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title. 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.

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