Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit

There's a sense of loss whenever Federer is beaten because he's so good to watch. "That's the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player". How can losing the greatest match of all time - one that's been the subject of books and movies, one that still captures the public's imagination a decade later - be considered anything but a noble defeat? The top-seed breezed into the quarterfinals and won by 6-0 7-5 6-4. Or, in Federer's case, your cardigan.

"I think you always sort of are learning as you go along". And then, out of nowhere, the match flipped.

Anderson pulled off the upset thanks to 28 aces and clutch play on break points throughout the match.

No one expected Roger Federer's quarter-final loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon, and Greg Rusedski neither.

Kevin Anderson became the first man to break Federer during the tournament at the start of the second set of their quarterfinal.

A jubilant Anderson, US Open runner-up previous year, celebrated his first win over Federer in five attempts and a maiden appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final.

Nadal said Federer's vacation stunk of "controversy" and implied that the veteran was avoiding him on his preferred surface, clay. There is no doubt that Federer will bounce back from this quickly.

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"After that [first set] I never really felt exactly 100 percent", Federer said.

But the 31-year-old wasn't happy with Carlos Ramos, accusing the the Spanish official of "double standards" during an ongoing battle in the two-hour, 35-minute encounter.

Anderson is one of the biggest servers on the ATP Tour, but could not find his rhythm in the opening two sets, during which he landed just 56% of his first serves and won 66% of those points. They also created a meme which praised the greatness of Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer.

But he has been fairly solid at the Slams ever since, making at least the last 16 at all the majors - with the exception of a first-round blip at the Australian Open this year. And then came opportunity.

Nadal, who has made the quarter-finals without dropping a set, takes a 10-5 winning record over Del Potro into his quarter-final.

But something amusing happened along the way. "I don't know how long it's going to take me [to get over it]" he said.

The answer came swiftly, like a first-round knockout punch.

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Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set.

Yet once he had ended Federer's run of holding serve for 85 consecutive games - a streak dating back to last year's semifinal- Anderson's confidence soared. It rattled Federer, who blew the next match point and then double faulted on break point.

Federer was catty in defeat, ripping Djokovic for the desperate shot as if the impulsivity was beneath him.

The quotes still drip with condescension and disdain even seven years later.

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. I've been playing well", Federer continued.

"I'm ecstatic. That's what you work so hard for".

'I was glad and grateful to be scheduled today on the Centre Court, playing first match. Is it missing match points?

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