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Anderson stuns Federer in epic marathon match

Anderson stuns Federer in epic marathon match”

The eighth-seeded Anderson trailed two sets to none and faced match point in the third set before staving off elimination to win the set 7-5.

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.

The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.

Djokovic is a three-time victor at Wimbledon, having won the title in 2011, 2014 and 2015. I'm glad that we're talking tonight after a fourth-round win.' Djokovic then made an admission: 'I think I've in a way earned the right to play quarter-finals on Centre Court, we've put the request with the organizers.

While top seed Federer was only at his scintillating best in the first set nothing could be taken away from Anderson, who will become the first male player representing South Africa to contest a Wimbledon semi-final since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russian Federation rather than competitors at SW19.

The Wimbledon quarter-final comes as a big test to Djokovic and Nishikori, both of whom had battled injury concerns in the last season and the beginning of the ongoing season.

After a marathon final set, a double fault on Federer in the 23rd game was ultimately what did in the No. 1 player.

Toni Nadal again heaped praise on Roger Federer and his nephew Rafael Nadal for their achievements and contributions to the game of tennis over the last two decades.

"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said. The 16-time Grand Slam champion also won their most recent meeting - French Open semi-final 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

"I just kept on telling myself, 'I have to keep believing.' I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger", Anderson said.

"He is not particularly excited, but I think he has everything to go far". He even asked Federer if they could exchange notes on cricket and tennis after the latter won his ninth Wimbledon title.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

"Sure, it's disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points".



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