Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer produced a Wimbledon quarter-final thriller with the South African winning the final set 13-11.
Anderson came from two sets down to end Federer’s hopes of winning a ninth title at SW19, and a 21st Grand Slam trophy.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2018
The defending champion won the opening two sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to take his own record to 34 consecutive sets won at the All England Club, but then suddenly the match turned on its head.
After failing to convert a match point in game 10 of the third set, Federer lost his serve in the next game and Anderson then served out the set, becoming the first man since 2016 to take a set off the defending champion.
And a two-set to love lead turned into two sets all as Anderson claimed another break in game seven of the fourth set.
So it went to a decider with both players bringing their A-game, especially on their serves.
Federer fashioned a break point in game eight, but couldn’t convert and it went on and on until the 23rd game of the decider when the Swiss served a double fault at 30-30 to give Anderson a break point, which he duly converted.
Anderson then went on to serve it out for a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 win.
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