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

12 July, 2018, 00:03 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

The eight-time champion was two sets up and had a match point in the third, but nearly three hours later he trudged off on the end of a seismic 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 upset. It was a match Federer could, probably should, have won and yet he will now leave here wondering - probably like everyone else - how many more chances he will get to add to his eight Wimbledon titles.

It is the second time that 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has lost at Wimbledon from two sets ahead, suffering the same fate against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.

Isner will face No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the semifinals.

Kevin Anderson's in for a tough day at work.

Not only is Federer the best of all time on the Wimbledon grass, and not only is Anderson historically not great on the grass (he's never been to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before this year), but the 32-year-old South African has never won a set off Fed-Ex anywhere.

Federer/the Fed-express/the GOAT, has glided effortlessly into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, a place he knows better than most people know their own back garden.

Federer, the No. 1 seed, had match point up 5-4 in the third set, but could not put Anderson, the No. 8 seed, away.

When he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open a year ago, he was the first South African man in a Slam final since Curren at the 1984 Australian Open.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember".

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The Swiss refused to blame his surprise defeat on the decision to play the match on Court One rather than his customary Centre Court stage at the All England Club. Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning.

It was the biggest shock in a tournament already brimming with surprises, especially as Joahannesburg-born Anderson had not even won a set in their four previous meetings.

Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.

Anderson staved off Federer's first and only attempt at match point, trailing 5-4 in the third set, before winning the game to tie the set at 5-5 and ultimately winning the next game to take a 6-5 lead.

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets.

Federer couldn't convert a break point at 3-4 and as the final set headed into extra time a lone voice in the crowd, mindful of England's imminent World Cup semi-final against Croatia, shouted out "Hurry up I need to watch the football".

Anderson broke Federer to go up 12-11 and reached his first Wimbledon semifinal by denying Federer his 44th major semifinal.

"I felt great in practice, good in the warm-up".

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