Wimbledon day nine: Federer knocked out by Anderson

Thursday, 2018-07-12 08:00:46
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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. (Reuters)
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Defending champion Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon after South Africa’s Kevin Anderson roared back from two sets down to win a thrilling quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

Anderson, who reached the US Open final last year, saved a match point in the third set before recovering to beat the Swiss top seed 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One.

The 32-year-old Anderson will next face American John Isner, who overcame Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 6-4 6-3 in the battle of two of the biggest servers in the men’s draw.

Three time winner Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since the 2016 US Open, beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

The Serb looked in impressive form, particularly when he closed out the final set in ruthless fashion to set up a blockbuster semi-final with world number one Rafa Nadal.

French Open champion Nadal battled past Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-7(7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon last four for the first time since 2011.

The Spaniard finished with 67 winners to 34 unforced errors as he displayed his credentials as he bids to lift a third singles title at the All England Club.

Reuters