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Guitar man Anderson wants rhythm not blues against Federer

Roger Federer is yet to lose his serve this fortnight Roger Federer is yet to lose his serve this fortnight
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 22:16

He clawed his way from two-sets down to win 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes. Anderson survived match point and then broke with a backhand down the line, going on to take the match to a fourth as Federer spurned three break points, an ace ending his run of 34 consecutive sets at Wimbledon.

World number one Nadal faces a tricky test against power-hitter del Potro in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011.

During his Wimbledon fourth-round victory over Adrian Mannarino on Monday, with the ball having already been called out, Federer played a stroke that was more akin to cricket than tennis.

"I think psychologically there's a huge difference for Anderson to play on Court One rather then Centre", the Swede, working as Eurosport's chief analyst, told Reuters.

The South African will play in his first Wimbledon quarter-final against a player who's won the tournament a record eight times.

"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".

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.

Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

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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.

It will be the Serbian's first appearance in the last four at a grand slam since finishing as runner-up at the US Open in 2016.

"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said. Federer's forehand was inaccurate much of the day and he seemed bothered by Anderson's power. The 20-time grand slam victor lost the set 6-4 as Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sent the match into a fifth and deciding set.

Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world's top 30, Federer said: "I think it's a tough matchup for him maybe against me".

"I had my chances so it's disappointing, but he was consistent and solid".

It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net.

Roger Federer walks to his chair after losing to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on July 11.

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