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Kevin Anderson ousts eight-time champion Roger Federer from Wimbledon

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 23:59

The only other times Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo- Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

Federer, who plays Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final of the Wimbledon is on course for a ninth title at the iconic All England Club was invited by Tendulkar to exchange notes about cricket after he wins his ninth crown.

From that point on, he found himself in a dogfight.

Djokovic grunted and groaned, he took on chair umpire Portugal's Carlos Ramos, who he accused "of double standards", and was handed two code violations, in the second and fourth sets, for racket abuse and time violations, but he also produced razor-sharp tennis.

Anderson had lost all previous meetings with Federer and will face either Milos Raonic or John Isner in the last four, looking to extend what's already been his best run at SW19 to date. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

How rare was it that Federer would lose after holding a match point in a major?

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.

Opening in typically dominant style, the 36-year-old Federer won the opening two sets; relinquishing a match-point in the third.

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When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes.

"It's disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points", said Federer.

But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.

Now, at age 32, he has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

'I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a flawless batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon. "I kept on telling myself, keep believing, today is my day". You need to go with that mindset against a player like Roger.

But Anderson was just getting started. The 2017 U.S. Open runner-up triumphed in 4 hours and 14 minutes. "I probably won't have another 6-0 set this week, so I'll enjoy this one".

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

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