Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Anderson knocks defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson knocks defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon

Nishikori and John Isner are both through to the quarter-finals for the first time.

Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.

But if the IL men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, after dropping the second set to Nishikori, Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good in the third, coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 to hold serve. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

Father-of-four Federer hopes to be back for a 21st straight shot at the title in 2019.

However, Federer has held all of his 55 service games this year and last dropped serve in the semi-finals in 2017 - 81 service games ago. South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve that Federer could not handle.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Three-time champion Djokovic, who hasn't won a Grand Slam since French Open in 2016, seems to have hit peak form at the right time.

After beating Monfils in a tight four-set battle, Anderson said he was exhausted after playing for three hours and 29 minutes.

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"By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening".

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Anderson is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Federer, the No 1 seed, had been widely expected to cruise through to the final before facing the likes of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

"The umpire said he didn't see".

"I'm feeling the ball well".

"He said he thinks it damaged the court".

"He is not particularly excited, but I think he has everything to go far".

That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

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