Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

You know, [Marco] Cecchinato at the French Open was a match he felt he should have won and then get to the finals, he had a match point at Queen's and he's sticking with it. I nearly could have.

Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, saved a match point in the third set before recovering to beat the Swiss top seed 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One. We thought he could lose to maybe somebody else, but not necessarily Anderson, who hasn't had huge success coming into this tournament.

Roger Federer admitted "I blew it" after seeing his hopes of a ninth men's title crushed by Kevin Anderson. I just kept on telling myself, 'I have to keep believing.' I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger.

While Federer started out strong, besting Anderson 6-2 and 7-6 in the first few sets, his dominance became less complete as play went on.

Three time victor Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Isner famously played in Wimbledon's longest-ever match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, but he had never been past the third round at the All England Club until this year.

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Anderson achieved something only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic had done before as he fought back to prevail 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in an epic that lasted four hours and 13 minutes.

Djokovic also advanced to the semifinals, defeating Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The top seed Federer, an eight-time Wimbledon champion, appeared to have his match all but won after two hours. His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after. I wouldn't call it "unfinished business".

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Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer.

Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori. "Especially after his win in Miami, sort of just seeing him around, watching him play matches on the practice court, I think he has a lot of confidence right now which allows him to be a bit more free from the baseline, from the back", Anderson continued.

"As the match went on, I couldn't surprise him anymore".

Federer, who lost from two sets up for the fifth time in his career, said: "It was just a bad day from my side, except the first set".

John Isner has reached his first Grand Slam semifinal on his 41st appearance.

Now having to claim victory by two clear games, they were deadlocked until two costly mistakes from Federer signalled the beginning of the end at 12-11.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". At the same time, because he's such a big player, has so much firepower, you just can't be too patient.

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

As if Federer needed any more motivation to reclaim his Wimbledon crown next year.

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