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

Roger Federer eliminated at Wimbledon

Roger Federer eliminated at Wimbledon

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.

Until this last-eight match, Federer had never lost a match in Wimbledon after holding the match point.

The two players then held their serves brilliantly in the fifth and decisive set, until Anderson broke Federer in the 23rd game to go up 12-11.

Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch.

Next up for Anderson is a semi-final on Friday against either John Isner, the ninth seeded American.

Only a spirited fightback from Nadal saved the Spaniard from suffering a similar five-set fate to Federer, the world No.1 scraping past Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a Centre Court classic.

"I think psychologically there's a huge difference for Anderson to play on Court One rather than Centre", the Swede, working as Eurosport's chief analyst, told Reuters. But his worst? Depends on how you look at it.

Federer was attempting to reach his 13th semi-final at Wimbledon and move closer to title number nine, both of which would have broken his own records. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

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

"As the match went on, I just kept telling myself "It's going to be my day", and I just gave it my all".

The 36-year-old had won the first set in just 26 minutes, but was left stunned as Anderson clawed his way back into the match from a seemingly lost position.

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

Tendulkar then invited Federer to "exchange notes" after the tournament's end, which the eight-time Wimbledon champion courteously accepted. "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of months, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side. "As of right now, I'm sort of more focused on that than getting too excited about the overall picture". "I had my chances".

"It's feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said.

Djokovic, whose 12 major championships include three from the All England Club, got to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016 by beating No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

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