Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Anderson

Towering South African comes back from two sets down to eliminate the grand slam great in one of the tournament’s biggest upsets

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 12:43am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 12:46am

Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

Federer’s bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament’s greatest upsets.

It was Federer’s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.

“Down two sets to love, I really tried my best to just keep fighting. I was able to scrape through the third and fourth sets. By the end, I thought I did a great job. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will definitely be one that I will remember in such a close match.”