Former Illini star Kevin Anderson stuns top seed Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

Anderson held his nerve with his relentless and powerful serve win the fourth and send the rip-roaring contest into an unlikely fifth and deciding set.

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

Anderson, the first South African to reach the last eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994, was steadfast though and did what no man had done at Wimbledon since last year's semi-final when he broke Federer's serve early in the second set.

Anderson, meanwhile, is coming off a four-set win over Gael Monfils that saw three of those sets go to a tiebreaker.

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Yet Anderson, the eighth seed, was meant to pose a far greater threat to Federer than his previous four opponents, and so it proved. But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.' About Anderson's performance, Federer said he was not surprised: 'He's got a nice, big serve that he can rely heavily on.

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break. After fighting back from match point and love-40 on his serve to take the third set, the South African broke Federer in the seventh game of the fourth set.

Federer saved one but could only flail a forehand into the net on the second, with his exasperation becoming evident as Anderson subsequently held to love.

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Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion's title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff. Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for U.S. citizenship.

"I have great memories from here. Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will definitely be one that I remember - especially in such a close match". You need to go with that mindset against a player like Roger. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

It would be unwise to write off his chances of adding to his 20 grand slam titles in light of his three in the past 18 months but it is not going to get any easier, certainly at Wimbledon. "It's not the first time for me in the semifinals, but it is a win that I want to enjoy before I focus on the semis", he said.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition. That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1. I think that's not fair.

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