Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

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Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning.

Anderson, the eighth seed, knocked off the eight-time champion 2-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

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

"It would take an unbelievable serving performance and for Roger had a bad serving day to cause an upset".

Bumped to Court 1 for the first time this tournament, Federer suffered away from the home comforts of Centre and missed a match point in the third set.

He equalled his own record of winning 34 consecutive sets at SW19 by taking the the first two against Anderson.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone and became visibly frustrated as eighth seed Anderson refused to surrender. Even if Federer had managed to get past Anderson, as he nearly did, having held match point in the third set, there was no guarantee he would have gone on to win the title, especially with a rejuvenated Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw, not to mention Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes.

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In the end, it just wasn't meant to be Roger Federer's year at Wimbledon.

But he first wants to learn how to play the backhand before teaching Federer how to play the straight drive.

Federer eventually cracked at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion hit a weary-looking forehand halfway up the net.

"The overall goal is try to win the tournament". In the end I did a great job, I wasn't thinking too much. I scraped through the third and fourth sets.

Anderson went up 40-15 on Federer in the 24th and final game of the fifth set before closing out the match with an ace, denying Federer a shot at his ninth Wimbledon title.

Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines. "If you go out there with doubts or unsure what's going to happen, like I maybe did a little bit in that first set, it's not going to go your way".

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".

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