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Sport Roger Federer rocked at Wimbledon as Kevin Anderson claims ultimate scalp

06:40  12 july  2018
06:40  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle that ended in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 victory for the South African.

Kevin Anderson celebrates his win against Roger Federer (John Walton/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Kevin Anderson celebrates his win against Roger Federer (John Walton/PA)

Roger Federer vowed to return to Wimbledon next year but said he felt “just awful” after a shock five-set defeat to Kevin Anderson.

A marathon quarter-final lasting four hours and 13 minutes ended with defending champion and eight-time winner Federer, who had a match point in the third set, losing 13-11 in the fifth.

Federer, 36, said: “Of course the goal is to come back here next year. I wouldn’t call it ‘unfinished business’. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already.”

He added: “It’s disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points. I’ve been there before. I know what kind of energy I need to bring to the fifth. I was able to bring that.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel mental fatigue. Now I feel horribly fatigued and just awful. It’s just terrible. But that’s how it goes. Credit to him.”

Federer was scheduled on Court One having been ousted from his usual Centre Court berth for the first time in three years.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory despite racing through the first set in 26 minutes, with an inspired Anderson’s relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam winner.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer walks off court after loosing his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson .  REUTERS/Andrew Boyers © Reuters Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer walks off court after loosing his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson . REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating. Federer eked out a break point at 4-3, Anderson quickly snuffed it out, then Anderson served to stay in the match, and did so to love.

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Everyone was talking about a possible ninth Wimbledon title for Roger Federer after another classic final with Nadal but the Swiss lost on No 1 Court to an inspired Kevin Anderson .

On they went, both holding to love for 10-10, but at 11-11 it was Federer who blinked, a double fault handing Anderson a rare break point which he converted.

Anderson needed four more booming serves and he found them to end Federer’s bid for a ninth title with a 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 win.

Kevin Anderson claimed his biggest Wimbledon scalp (John Walton/PA)

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.  REUTERS/Andrew Boyers © Reuters Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

“Sometimes you don’t feel good, and you try your best,” added Federer.

“It’s just not one of my best days, but they don’t happen very often either. It’s one of those average days when you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn’t get it done.”

A jubilant Anderson, US Open runner-up last year, celebrated his first win over Federer in five attempts and a maiden appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final.

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The 32-year-old South African, seeded eighth, said: “I feel the few times I’ve played him in the past, I’ve walked onto the court without the necessary belief that I needed to to get through the match.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer is framed by the tournament logo during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.  REUTERS/Andrew Boyers © Reuters Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018. Switzerland's Roger Federer is framed by the tournament logo during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

“If you play somebody ranked lower than you, you have a bit more natural confidence in the match. In tough times you can sort of rely on ‘hey, I feel like I’m a better tennis player, I’m going to get through’.

“I felt it was a little bit tough saying that against Roger. But I changed that phrase and said ‘What’s happened in the past is in the past. All I need to worry about is today.’

“I felt like I was just trying to keep myself very highly motivated, a lot of belief in myself and said ‘Today is going to be my day’.”

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