Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Kevin Anderson didn't know he would face Roger Federer at Wimbledon

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Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 21:56

The South African player was surprised at learning that he will play against Roger Federer on Wednesday. 'I didn't know the draw!', Anderson admitted after his four-set win over the Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The Swiss had led by two sets to love and had a match point but collapsed late in a lengthy decider to crash out 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-6 11-13 in a contest that lasted more than four hours.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including previous year.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger. I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble'. "Matches likes that are very special".

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes.

The longest streak of service games won at the All England Club was Pete Sampras's 118, set between the third round in 2000 and the second round in 2001.

He held serve in the 24th game to take the match.

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He won the match, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

Anderson took his opportunity, despite having to save three break points, to seal it in majestic fashion with an ace. That matched his own record, set back back in 2006.

In their four previous meetings Anderson, 32, had not taken a set off Federer.

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.

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his men's singles match against France's Adrian Mannarino, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

The South African is through to the last eight for the first time, and he said: 'Playing somebody like Roger Federer is going to be a great experience.

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