Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarterfinal loss

Wimbledon

Ho-hum. It's another Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance for Roger Federer, who seeks a fifth straight and 13th overall trip to the semifinals at the All-England Club when he takes on No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday in London. Even if Federer had managed to get past Anderson, as he nearly did, having held match point in the third set, there was no guarantee he would have gone on to win the title, especially with a rejuvenated Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw, not to mention Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro.

With the score tied at 11-11, Federer serving, Anderson pounced to force a break and then held serve to win the thrilling match 13-11, in what was his first ever victory against the Swiss superstar, having never won a set in their four previous meetings.

The eighth-seeded Anderson needed four hours and 17 minutes to battle past the eight-time Wimbledon champion 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 on Court 1 and will face the victor of the John Isner vs. Milos Raonic encounter in the semi-finals.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done".

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"I feel that sort of started to change towards the end of the clay court season past year".

Nadal faces the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon while Federer takes on US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.

'Today was one of those days. And then other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

'Then off the baseline I wasn't feeling as good either as I had hoped to, but still good enough to be in there and maybe win the match.

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Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

But the 2018 French Open champion is on a roll and will likely continue that into the Wimbledon final. I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game.

"Obviously I'm very ecstatic to get through that match", 32-year-old Anderson said. His loss to Anderson was the first match he'd played on Number One Court since 2015.

Two-time champion Nadal is through to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. "I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around", Federer said. He got what he needed when he had to.

"I had my chances so it's disappointing, but he was consistent and solid". And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times.

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"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue". I wouldn't call it unfinished business. By the end I was able to do a great job and I wasn't thinking too much. He's struggled to maintain top form in recent years due to injuries and saw his play drop off for a while against Kei Nishikori in the quarters, but this is the best tennis he's played this year.

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