ICC and Wimbledon banter on Twitter after Roger Federer plays cricket stroke

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

But, turning 37 in less than a month, Federer refused to blame fatigue after giving up a two-set advantage for the first time since doing so seven years ago against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Federer, Wimbledon's greatest male champion, was greeted warmly Wednesday by Court One ticket holders who never imagined they'd have a chance to see him in person.

The first set between Federer and Mannarino was so one-sided that, when Mannarino trailed 0-40 in the opening game of the second, the normally pro-Federer Centre Court crowd began to cheer loudly for his opponent.

Wednesday's other quarterfinals will pit Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro, while American John Isner will take on Canada's Milos Raonic for a semifinal berth.

Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set.

The 32-year-old certainly has nothing to lose, and can come out swinging - even breaking serve for the great Roger Federer may well be a test of patience and perseverance.

Not quite to the same extent as Anderson, but Djokovic too was forced to improve as his meeting with Nishikori raged on, particularly after the 24th seed showed a sturdier response to level after two sets. "I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around", 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.

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"I just kept telling myself to keep believing and that today it would be my day, that's the mindset you need against someone like Roger".

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

This time it was Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils who held up the Serbian, who said: "Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth". The three have lost one set between them all tournament.

Playing alongside Mladenovic, Babos claimed her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Federer squandered his match point at 5-4 on Anderson's serve in the third set but it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before he moved into the semifinals for the 13th time.

Del Potro is in his first quarter-final at the tournament since 2013 when he reached the semi-final.

Thus, Kevin has become the first South African in Wimbledon semi-final since Kevin Curren in 1983 and the sixth overall in history. I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already So I'm all right.

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