Roger Federer on his dramatic exit: I had my chances and blew them

Roger Federer walks of disappointed at Wimbledon

Roger Federer admitted he was “hurting” after his shock Wimbledon loss.

The eight-time winner suffered a dramatic 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-4, 13-11 defeat in over fours at the hands of eighth seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

He had his chances as he had a match point in game 10 of the third set, but couldn’t convert and went on to lose the quarter-final classic.

“It’s just not one of my best days, but they don’t happen very often either. It’s one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn’t get it done,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said.

“So it’s disappointing. I think it went in spells a bit also, how I was able to return his serve. I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don’t know where the hell I was moving to. I don’t know if that was his serve. But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.”

Federer was playing on No 1 Court for the first time since 2015 and when asked if it played a role, he replied: “I don’t think it would have changed if I played there last year. It’s not like I would have remembered exactly how it would have felt.

“I don’t think it really mattered, to be honest. I had my chances and blew them, so… That’s my problem really.”

He added: “I hate being here explaining losses, they kind of hurt more at Wimbledon.”