Roger Federer sent message by Kevin Anderson after shock Wimbledon win

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

"I nearly could have".

It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

"I felt it was a little bit tough saying that obviously today against Roger".

He was leading by two sets and 5-4 in the third when, with Anderson serving, he got to Advantage.

"Pure elation right now", said Isner, who has called Wimbledon his "house of horrors" since beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in that 2010 ultra marathon, never getting past the third round until now.

Roger Federer in action against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon.

Anderson's huge serve kept Federer on the back foot and the towering eighth seed also fared much better than expected in the baseline rallies.

The following year, Nadal downed the Serb, who was world number one at the time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in the semi-finals in Paris, this time in four hours and 37 minutes. "I didn't see it coming", said Federer. That's why it's an average performance and not a good one.

Federer's bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament's greatest upsets.

As Kevin Anderson secures South Africa's first shot at a Wimbledon final in more than 30 years, the Sports Minister has congratulated him for his stunning win.

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"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match". You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch the match live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

It marked Federer's second-longest Grand Slam match by games after his 16-14, fifth-set win over Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Isner's 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (9/7) 64, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals booked his first appearance in the last four at a Grand Slam.

"At the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day".

"Maybe the losses hurt more", explained Federer.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

They played each other at college - still the main nursery for professional tennis in the United States - and have met 11 times on the Tour.

The 36-year-old Swiss, not playing on Centre Court for the first time since 2015, displayed his usual panache as he strolled through the opening two sets to stretch his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 34.

Ten years on from that remarkable contest, which is widely considered as "the greatest ever tennis match", Nadal was again celebrating another All England Club success with the same broad match details.

Nadal, four years Federer's junior, is the only realistic rival Federer has to the coveted GOAT status.

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