Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal Prefers Not To Face Roger Federer In Final

Roger Federer walks onto court

Roger Federer walks onto court

Kevin Anderson, who played at the University of IL, knocked defending champion Roger Federer out of Wimbledon Wednesday. Federer matched his own record of winning 34 straight sets at this year's Wimbledon, but Anderson came for him on their third round and found his own edge.

Serving at deuce and 3-4, Anderson yanked Federer from one corner of the court to the other with blistering groundstrokes until the Swiss ended the 21-shot rally by netting yet another backhand.

With things on serve and Federer leading 5-4, Anderson survived a match point to hold serve for 5-5 then broke immediately and served out the set, winning it 7-5.

Federer faces eighth seed Kevin Anderson, who he has not dropped a set against in four previous meetings.

Anderson has been in the tennis circuit for as many years as Rafael Nadal.

Anderson had 28 aces in the match, but he is not just a big server.

Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals and was imperious in the opening set.

Neither man looked like faltering until Federer double-faulted for the first time in the match and just the fourth time in the tournament in the 23rd game before Anderson held his nerve to snatch a remarkable victory in four hours and 14 minutes. He won only 3 of 12 break points on Anderson's serve in the match.

"I really hope it´s an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself".

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"Down two sets to love I just tried my best to keep fighting and scraped through the third and fourth set", Anderson said.

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", Anderson said. Federer raced to a two-set lead but Djokovic forced a fifth before running out of steam, both physically and mentally.

This was also Anderson's first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, becoming the first South African man to do so since Wayne Ferreira reached the last eight in 1994.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament. In the semifinals, Anderson will face the victor of the matchup between American John Isner, the No. 9 seed, and Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 13 seed.

Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

The eight-time champion and 20-time grand slam victor last played a Wimbledon match outside Centre Court in 2015.

Federer was playing on Court One for the first time in three years, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion denied his surprise move from Centre Court was a factor.

"I think I had my chances, so it's disappointing".

"Well, maybe wasn't my best, but I thought I was playing good enough", said Nishikori. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals", Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 French Open, said. "Obviously I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass court season".

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