'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock

'It's terrible': Stunned Federer feeling low after Wimbledon shock

The comeback was just beginning.

He had lost 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2011 and then 7-6 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 5-7 to Novak Djokovic at the US Open the same year. Not only has he yet to drop a set through four matches at the All-England Club this year, but he hasn't had his serve broken, and it wasn't until his last match against Adrian Mannarino that he faced his first break point. "I didn't see it coming".

Federer ultimately paid the price for failing to convert any more than three of 12 break-point opportunities, including three in a row with Anderson serving at love-40 in the fourth set. But there was more.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal, who is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, won the pair's most recent clash in the semi-finals of the French Open last month.

But Anderson is playing the best tennis of his career, having reached the final at Flushing Meadows last September and then a career-high ranking of No.7 in May.

And Anderson, who had never beaten Federer before, admitted he had been honoured just to be drawn against the 36-year-old.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done".

"As the match went on, I couldn't surprise him any more".

South African tennis player Kevin Anderson.

It is produced in associated with Telegraph Sport and sponsored by Amazon Prime Video, the new home of the US Open in the UK. He's the top seed and playing like it, winning sets that are close and others where he's simply dominated every touch. He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare, lengthy baseline rallies.

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He says his favourite shot is the 'serve, ' and he certainly used it as a weapon against Federer, who himself is an excellent server.

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Summoning incredible mental strength, he broke Federer in the seventh game of the fourth set, using his brute power to rattle the No 1 seed and then galloped to a 6-4 fourth-set triumph.

Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 205kph service victor, and raised both arms overhead. Neither Isner nor the 6ft 8in South African (who lives in Florida with his American wife and has applied for dual citizenship) will go gently.

In the first quarter-final, former world No.1, Noval Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2. the other quarterfinal matches are between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro, and Milos Raonic and John Isner.

Isner has won all 95 of his service games in the tournament.

But just as a record-extending 44th grand slam semi-final appearance beckoned, Federer blinked - and eighth-seeded Anderson seized the moment. He said the only time he has played on Centre Court was during the London Olympics, and admitted: "I have no clue what that court looks like".

But while Nadal and three-time champion Djokovic were expected to win, and Isner seeded to do so over Raonic, Anderson had never even extracted a set from Federer in four previous meetings.

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalise on three break points at one set all.

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