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Kevin Anderson knocks defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon

Federer needed only 16 minutes to win the first set against Mannarino Federer needed only 16 minutes to win the first set against MannarinoTIMES
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 22:16

No. 1 Roger Federerr vs. "I nearly could have".

Federer took the first two sets and then the South African returned strongly to take the third and fourth sets.

Back to deuce. From there, it all began to change.

The comeback was just beginning.

That meant Federer had equalled but not bettered his previous best set-winning streak which came between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point - after four hours and 13 minutes - with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines. "I didn't see it coming". But there was more. Federer's forehand was inaccurate much of the day and he seemed bothered by Anderson's power.

He has also held serve for 81 successive games at the tournament, a run stretching back the first set of his semi-final win against Tomas Berdych in 2017.

"I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Gael Monfils and Kevin Anderson went to a fifth".

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Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

Not that Anderson is anything other than an elite tennis player. He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies. That sometimes there is a set like this against a player who is not the biggest server, it can happen. "You're never really safe".

'Even at 10-All in the fifth, it's all good.

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. He then broke the serve of his Japanese opponent in the next game.

Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion, after seeing off France's Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has reached his eighth semifinal at the All England club. A flourishing Federer backhand put him 4-2 up before a similarly impressive forehand gave him three set points, taking the third following a pair of uncharacteristic errors. That earned a code violation from chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game.