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Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Federer took the first two sets and then the South African returned strongly to take the third and fourth sets.

Federer seemed to be heading for a routine victory with match point to complete a straights set win in the third.

South African Kevin Anderson, another member of the over-30s club, is in his first ever Wimbledonq quarter-finals, and to be fair hasn't taken too long to get there either, having been taken to four sets just twice. The South African's nerve held and so did his serve in the 24th game of the deciding set.

2016 runner-up Milos Raonic faces ninth-seeded John Isner, who is playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning.

As the fifth set became as much a test of mental strength as anything, from 4-all to 6-all to 8-all to 10-all, Anderson was as steady as he needed to be.

Roger Federer thinks a scheduling clash between the World Cup and Wimbledon is football's issue, and not something tennis should be worrying about.

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

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms. "I have been building over the last couple of weeks, and the level of tennis I have played in the last couple of months felt like it was getting better and better and I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalise on three break points at one set all.

That took great self-belief, he added, knowing that he had never taken a set off 20-time major victor Federer in four previous meetings.

Serving at 5-6, Anderson fell behind Love-30, which put Federer two points form defeat.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at IL in 2006, is from South Africa.

Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.

"I really tried my best to keep fighting", Anderson, 32, told the BBC immediately after coming off court from the 4-hour, 14-minute match.

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.

He was also the oldest first-time finalist at a major since Niki Pilic at the 1973 French Open.

"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing."

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