Wimbledon - Roger Federer squanders huge lead against Kevin Anderson
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 11, 2018,
Jul 11, 2018, 23:23
Anderson admitted his triumph against Monfils, which lasted over 3½ hours, was demanding, and as a result he will train lightly Tuesday, focusing more on recovery and plotting his game plan to tackle Federer.
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.
When Anderson broke in the second set it was the first time the Swiss had dropped serve at this Wimbledon.
It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net.
All eyes were on the fifth and final set of the match. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.
Even by Federer's stratospheric standards, the first set was a little absurd.
At that point it felt like Anderson had squandered his last chance.
Federer, who won the match against the Frenchman in straight sets, was afforded high praise for the shot too. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4.
Federer immediately went up 40-0 on the Anderson serve in the opening game, taking the second of three break points when the eighth seed hit a backhand wide before easily holding to love.
It's clearly not the first time Federer has honed his skills with a cricket bat. The three have lost one set between them all tournament.
Finally free off a painful and persistent elbow injury and blissfully content again in his private life, the Serbian plays another comeback star in Kei Nishikori for a drought-breaking semi-final berth. It was then Anderson who swooped away everyone across the globe when won the next two sets 7-5, 6-4.
Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years.
Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final.
Anderson said after the match that although he was nearly down and out, he knew that he had to keep trying to get back into the match.
Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. But on Monday, in his Wimbledon 2018 fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino, Federer tried his hand at a different sport altogether. It's just different. I think this gives Anderson a better chance. You have to have that mindset. It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow.
With fifth-set tiebreakers not permitted at Wimbledon, they played on - each point heavy with implications.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has continued his resurgence in the men's game by reaching the semi-finals.