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'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock

Roger Federer wastes match point loses to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon 'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 22:19

His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.

Federer won the first meeting 6-4, 6-4 at the Paris Masters indoor hard-court event in 2013; he won 7-5, 6-1 at Indian Wells in 2014; 6-3, 7-5 on the clay in Rome in 2015 and 6-1, 6-1 in Cincinnati later that year.

Two-time champion Nadal is through to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.

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.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the USA or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.

Anderson's reward for his famous victory is a semifinal on Friday (Saturday NZT) against either American ninth seed John Isner or Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.

"The expectations he's had to deal with for over a decade, 15 years, I mean, at the top of the game, he's able to deal with it so well, which isn't easy".

Federer was looking to defend his title for the fourth consecutive year, while Nadal stepped on the court after defeating another GOAT, Andre Agassi, in the third round.

US Open finalist Anderson, who became the first South African man to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983, said: "Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

The world number one and two-time former champion said: "Of course it's an important result for me".

There was little sign of the drama which unfolded when Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes. Federer will resume his title defense on Wednesday when he faces eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson. I said today is going to be my day. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

Federer, who had won his previous six five-set matches, looked a lot more focused on serve although Anderson's rhythm remained unperturbed during a marathon contest. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka. I think that's not fair.

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

But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced.