Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning. "It's not the first time for me in the semifinals, but it is a win that I want to enjoy before I focus on the semis", he said. "I was in the flow of the match", eighth seed Anderson said. I don't know if it had something to do with the breeze, just a bad day from my side, except the first set. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember.
He was also the oldest first-time finalist at a major since Niki Pilic at the 1973 French Open.
Eventually though, Djokovic pulled away with emphatic wins in both the third and fourth sets. "I have been building over the last couple of weeks, and the level of tennis I have played in the last couple of months felt like it was getting better and better and I feel like I am peaking at the right moment". The final game was an extensive nail-biter, with Anderson ultimately winning out 13-11. If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. It was a match Federer could, probably should, have won and yet he will now leave here wondering - probably like everyone else - how many more chances he will get to add to his eight Wimbledon titles.
There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve that Federer could not handle. It is true that it has been a while since I have been in that position. Anderson broke him on the next point and then served out the match, taking deep breaths between deliveries as he had throughout the 4-hour, 14-minute duel.
Kevin Anderson defeated Roger Federer in five sets to reach Wimbledon semifinals.
About five hours later, Federer's rival and foil, second-seeded Rafael Nadal, survived a five-set spectacle against fifth-seeded Juan Martín del Potro, 7-5, 6-7 (9-11), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. "Again, I really hope it's an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself".
Roger Federer found it hard to explain his shock quarter-final loss to South African Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The eight-time champion and 20-time grand slam victor last played a Wimbledon match outside Centre Court in 2015. The South African made no mistake.
He allowed the giant Argentine just seven games in Paris.
Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to face number nine John Isner of the U.S. on Friday.
The remarkable upset moves the 32-year-old Anderson one step closer to his first Major championship.
"It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC. "I feel like once I did that, I really settled down well and felt pretty comfortable out there". I'm very pleased to get through.