Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic

Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic

The only other times that Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semifinal loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

That matched his own record, set back back in 2006. In a fascinating final set, it took 24 games for the two to be parted; the South African claiming a 13-11 win after a match that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes in total. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

Anderson said after the match that although he was nearly down and out, he knew that he had to keep trying to get back into the match.

"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC.

Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title have bitten the dust. I gave it my all.

In the United States, the match is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN 2. "I hopefully have two more matches to play in the tournament".

Obliged to hit the road and make the exotic trek to No. 1 Court at the All England Club, Roger Federer probably did not realize that his journey Wednesday had only just begun.

Djokovic saved three break points in the fifth game of the third and made the Japanese star pay by breaking for 4-2 and an eventual two sets to one lead.

"I felt good actually", Federer said.

Federer, who had won his previous six five-set matches, looked a lot more focused on serve although Anderson's rhythm remained unperturbed during a marathon contest.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage.

The eight-time champion and 20-time grand slam victor last played a Wimbledon match outside Centre Court in 2015.

Del Potro was the only one of the quarter-finalists in action on Tuesday as he finished off a tough four-set victory over Gilles Simon. But when it comes to Federer, it is never just another run-of-the-mill game. In the end, he threw up his hands when a Federer shot flew long. The 32-year-old African is the highest-ranked player from South Africa.

But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open. So far the four matches have been really, really good for me'. "Obviously getting through it, I feel like I can take bigger steps".

He said: '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. I love this sport and I've been working hard and smart to get into shape for the big events, and nothing gets bigger than Wimbledon.

"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.

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