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

Roger Federer wastes match point, loses to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon

Roger Federer wastes match point, loses to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back. 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.

Federer extended his run of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 32 in a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino and still has not had his serve broken all tournament, although he was forced to save his first break points.

The victor of this one will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday. He is now 266-3 when leading 2-0. He made it to the the US Open final past year, and he's firmly established himself as a top-10 player.

However, Federer was unable to break his own record after dropping the third set as Anderson embarked on a courageous fightback.

The only other times he has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider. Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack.

"I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around".

Vanquished champion Roger Federer plans on returning for another tilt at Wimbledon glory next year - but don't call it unfinished business. "I just kept telling myself this will be my day".

It took four hours and 13 minutes, but it did indeed become Anderson's day.

The American is hoping he might have some presidential support should he reach the semi-finals, with Donald Trump due to visit the United Kingdom later this week.

Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been relegated to court one as Novak Djokovic got his wish to play on Centre Court later today.

The Wimbledon quarter-final comes as a big test to Djokovic and Nishikori, both of whom had battled injury concerns in the last season and the beginning of the ongoing season. Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won. "Djokovic is very close to them, but in general the new generation wasn't consistent enough to take them over and it allowed them to play at a very high level".

"I felt good actually", Federer said.

"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue (during the match)".

Neither player's defenses looked penetrable in a tense and absorbing fifth and for the most part there was little sign of the stalemate ending. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break. The 31-year-old has eased into the quarters, edging past tricky opponents of the likes of Karen Khachanov and Kyle Edmund. He'll need to keep up that consistency, but at this point he's eyeing his fourth career Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam.

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