World shocked by Federer's loss to Anderson

Federer? Djokovic? Nadal? Greg Rusedski predicts how Wimbledon 2018 will end

Federer? Djokovic? Nadal? Greg Rusedski predicts how Wimbledon 2018 will end

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.

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best". "I was able to scrape through that third set and the fourth set and by the end I thought I did a great job of not thinking about things too much". The score flipped a Federer set point to a Del Potro break point, which the Argentine quickly converted. Disturbed by noises from the crowd, and a plane flying overhead, with the first break of the 5th set, Anderson made no mistake with his service game.

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.

Federer was rattled, but the credit belonged to Anderson, who had disrupted his illustrious opponent's serve.

Now, at age 32, he has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

Kevin Anderson, who played at the University of IL, knocked defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon Wednesday.

In the fourth set, he was two points from victory but couldn't capitalize and dropped the fifth with barely a fight.

The only other times that Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semifinal loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

Entering Wednesday, Federer had a 32-set winning streak at Wimbledon. And then came opportunity. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title. The Swiss lost his serve, putting the match in Anderson's big-serving hands. Anderson didn't even face a break point in the fifth set.

Federer was playing on Court One for the first time in three years, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion denied his surprise move from Centre Court was a factor.

Asked how important it was for his own campaign to be scheduled on Centre Court, Djokovic said: 'Yes, very important. I felt I was really in the flow of the match. That's my problem really, the 36-year-old said.

Next up for Anderson is a semi-final on Friday against either John Isner, the ninth seeded American.

Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick. He missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury.

Nadal is bidding to reach a sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors.

"I think I had my chances, so it's disappointing".

"It just took me a little bit of time to find sort of my legs in the competitive atmosphere".

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