Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting match point

Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting match point

Federer had been favourite to lift a ninth title but will now only be able to watch Sunday's final, where his great rival Rafael Nadal is expected to be one of the combatants.

Anderson was sticking to his guns, though, and after saving match point the eighth seed secured another break of the Federer serve and snatched a set back.

Federer beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the Round of 16 to progress through to the quarter-final stage where he will meet South African and world number eight Kevin Anderson.

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his men's singles match against France's Adrian Mannarino, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times.

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.

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition.

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds.

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself. That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger.

"Yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year".

"The umpire said he didn't see".

"I don't think it really mattered, to be honest".

That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well. "I'm pleased I'll be staying there right now".

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