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Wimbledon - Roger Federer squanders huge lead against Kevin Anderson

Kristopher Love | 12 July, 2018, 00:00

Federer over-hit a backhand and when his opponent courteously returned the ball, the eight-time Wimbledon champion elected to display his cricket skills, with a punched forward defence, which didn't go unnoticed by Wimbledon's social media accounts.

Federer, the No. 1 seed, had match point up 5-4 in the third set, but could not put Anderson, the No. 8 seed, away. The South African's nerve held and so did his serve in the 24th game of the deciding set. He is the 8th ranked player on the ATP World Tour, and will have a chance to elevate that over the next few days in England.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set.

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do", Djokovic said afterward, "something that I don't think is fair".

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a ideal batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon. You need that mindset against Roger. I gave it my all. "I hopefully have two more matches to play in the tournament".

This exchange was made possible after Roger Federer took to channelling his inner Sachin Tendulkar while playing his Round of 16 match on Centre Court at the All England Club on "Manic" Monday.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

"I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

"Facing off that match point, then getting a break the next minute, I'm like, I've got the third set in the bag".

The 32-year-old Anderson won the 2006 NCAA doubles title with Ryan Rowe during his Illini career, and the native of South Africa earned All-American honors in each of his three seasons at IL.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson has beaten defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in five gruelling sets. He stepped it up in the 12th game, nudging ahead to 0-30 but Anderson pulled back to level 6-all.

The two players then held their serves brilliantly in the fifth and decisive set, until Anderson broke Federer in the 23rd game to go up 12-11. The South African made no mistake. The 31-year-old, however, served up the whole range from antics to awesome shot-making.

Djokovic also advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016, shrugging off a second-set slump to beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes.

"It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".