Federer hailed for 'perfect' cricket shot during Wimbledon win
12 July, 2018, 00:00
Federer, who plays Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final of the Wimbledon is on course for a ninth title at the iconic All England Club was invited by Tendulkar to exchange notes about cricket after he wins his ninth crown.
Having blitzed through his first four matches with barely a bead of sweat despite the unusually hot weather of this year's Wimbledon, Federer was generally expected to cruise past Anderson, not least since he had won all four of their previous meetings, all in straight sets. "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match", Anderson said.
Next up for Anderson is a semi-final on Friday against either John Isner, the ninth seeded American.
Federer took the first two sets and then the South African returned strongly to take the third and fourth sets.
"It just wasn't one of my best days", Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters.
Defending champion Roger Federer suffered the most shocking defeat of the tournament so far as he was knocked out by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. That matched his own record, set back back in 2006.
Earlier in the day, Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon.
Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines. You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.
The two players then held their serves brilliantly in the fifth and decisive set, until Anderson broke Federer in the 23rd game to go up 12-11.
Federer had a match point in the third set at 4-5, 30-40 but failed to take it, before Anderson broke in the following game to earn the opportunity to serve out the set.
Federer seemed rattled and his forehand began to look vulnerable and it was that stroke which allowed Anderson a decisive break of serve at 3-3 in the fourth.
It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.
'I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.
"Luckily for me it didn't happen", Djokovic said after he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the last eight for a 10th time.