Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Anderson: Fitness adjustments helped me outlast Federer

Anderson: Fitness adjustments helped me outlast Federer

Anderson, who is now 32, has stormed onto the scene in the past 10 months. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is trying to reach the semi-finals for the second time, five years after losing to Djokovic in the longest last-four match ever played at the tournament. He broke the rangy 6 ft 8 in South African in the very first game and then held his own serve easily to go up 2-0, consuming all of four minutes.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal and fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro will follow, while 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic and Wimbledon last-eight debutant John Isner play second on No. 1 Court.

"Pure elation right now", said Isner, who has called Wimbledon his "house of horrors" since beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in that 2010 ultra marathon, never getting past the third round until now.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title. However, it all went downhill for the defending champion, who eventually lost the tie 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 11-13.

Hyped as a once-in-a-generation talent, a sporting immortal, and the greatest of all time (GOAT) in tennis, Federer showed he is human after all as he chucked away a two-set lead in Wednesday's quarterfinal. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 156kph second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 214kph ace.

"I wouldn't necessarily say I've been playing like incredible". Disturbed by noises from the crowd, and a plane flying overhead, with the first break of the 5th set, Anderson made no mistake with his service game.

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Federer refused to blame the defeat on the fact he was playing on the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2016 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon quarterfinal victory over Kei Nishikori. I felt I was really in the flow of the match. I don't think this one naturally you can pinpoint exactly, except my match points.

If Nadal wins Wimbledon and retains his US Open title later in the year, there will only be one major separating him from his old foe Federer. For Federer, he said it could take "a while" to get over this defeat or "half an hour".

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.

He may also dwell on this fact: If Nadal wins Wimbledon, he will be within two Grand Slam titles of Federer's record (20 to 18) for the first time since 2004, when Federer had two and Nadal had none. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

He said: "I just asked the chair umpire how did I deserve that warning?" "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

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