Roger Federer’s quest for a record ninth Wimbledon singles title ended in a dejection as South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated the tennis great in a thrilling five-setter match.
The Swiss, who’s already won a record 20 Grand Slam before coming to SW19 this year, had won the first two sets 2-6, 6-7 before losing all the three remaining sets to Anderson. The match ended with an incredibly disappointing scoreline for the defending Wimbledon champion 2-6, 6-7(5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.
The eighth seed Anderson’s 65 winners included remarkable 28 aces, which turned the tide in his favour while crushing Federer’s dream to win his ninth Wimbledon title. The Swiss legend tunrs 37 next month.
Speaking about his quarter-final win, Anderson said, “I just kept on telling myself I have to keep believing and I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger.”
The last time Federer had made an early exit from the the All England Club was in 2013, when he had exited from the tournament after being stunned by Sergei Stakhovsky in the second round.
“He played the match of his life,” said former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was quoted by BBC.
Anderson, for his part, added, “As I said in the beginning of the week, my first goal was to try and go one step further than my best result here, but I also said that I wanted to put myself in these positions, so obviously fantastically happy about today. I’ve put myself in (with) a shot of hopefully playing on Sunday, so right now I’m going to have to really recover a lot and be ready for my next match on Friday.”