Roger Federer reacts to shock Wimbledon exit after Kevin Anderson defeat

Wimbledon

The prospect of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final is no more.

Federer, aiming for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title, settled for a tie-break which he took 7-5 - his 300th set overall at the Championships. But Anderson held his nerve to level up and then produced a remarkable surge in form to take Federer deep into the fifth set. In a fascinating final set, it took 24 games for the two to be parted; the South African claiming a 13-11 win after a match that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes in total.

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition. "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will definitely be one that I remember - especially in such a close match".

It's Anderson's very first time in the Wimbledon semi-finals and he will now face either Milos Raonic or John Isner for a place in the final.

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.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone and became visibly frustrated as eighth seed Anderson refused to surrender. The Swiss champion hadn't been assigned any court here except Center Court since 2015.

The two traded winning the first 22 games in the fifth set, before Anderson broke Federer's serve and took a 12-11 lead in a match that exceeded four hours.

And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major tournament after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago.

Emboldened by the development, Anderson went on all-out attack.

The eighth-seeded Anderson needed four hours and 17 minutes to battle past the eight-time Wimbledon champion 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 on Court 1 and will face the victor of the John Isner vs. Milos Raonic encounter in the semi-finals.

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalise on three break points at one set all. There was no drop-off in intensity; no letdown in the quality of his play.

Federer was 4-0 against Anderson entering the day, winning every set they'd ever played against each other. Federer double-faulted to put Anderson up 40-30 in the 23rd game of the set before an unforced error by Federer gave Anderson the game.

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Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion's title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.

But Anderson is playing the best tennis of his career, having reached the final at Flushing Meadows last September and then a career-high ranking of No.7 in May.

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