Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Roger Federer was shocked by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon GETTY Roger Federer was shocked by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon
Shannon Reynolds | 12 July, 2018, 06:36

However, it was Kevin Anderson who came out on the top and pulled off the biggest upsets so far.

The defending champion made it 32 straight sets won at the All England Club with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino to reach the last eight for the 16th time.

On Wednesday, he went up two sets to love against Kevin Anderson, a formidable but clearly overmatched player.

Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one - 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 - when their fourth-round match was suspended under fading light.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

"Of course this is an important result for me", Nadal said after the match.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing. I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

"So that's what I expect him to do".

Federer applauded his opponent and shrugged off the loss. Roger Federer might have lost that point but his two-handed defense oozed calmness and was a real hit on social media.

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

The 36-year-old, who had warmed up to the Grand Slam tournament with a title in Stuttgart and a runner-up finish in Halle, has not even lost a game on his serve in London.

And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings.

But if the IL men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Asked if losing to Anderson would spur him to return and make amends next year, Federer hinted he didn't plan to walk away just yet. Some of that was because the South African continued to attack at every opportunity. In the end, he threw up his hands when a Federer shot flew long.

The 12-time major victor defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court to set up a clash on Friday with either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic grunted and groaned, he took on chair umpire Portugal's Carlos Ramos, who he accused "of double standards", and was handed two code violations, in the second and fourth sets, for racket abuse and time violations, but he also produced razor-sharp tennis. Certainly, few expected the match to be a 4-hour marathon after Federer took the first set in 26 minutes. 'I don't know. Sometimes you feel better, and you still try your best.

"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", Djokovic said. It's my mission to get back to where I was.

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"At the same time, I have been in that position a couple of times in my career".

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