Federer stunned by Anderson in marathon quarterfinal

7/11/2018 10:43:30 PM EST

No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson pulled off a marathon shocker to beat top-seeded Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals at the All England Club in London.

Federer was serving for the match in the third set, but failed to close it out -- giving the South African Anderson the chance he needed to dethrone the defending champion in a match that lasted nearly four and a half hours.

"I'm not sure what to say right now. I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set. By the end I was able to do a great job and I wasn't thinking too much," Anderson said. "Against someone like Roger, if you go out there with doubts, like I did in the first set, it's not going to go well. That was a great performance from my side. I'm very pleased to get through. I wanted to put myself in these positions. I'm very happy about today. I'm in a position to hopefully be here on Sunday. Beating Roger here at Wimbledon is something I'm going to remember. But hopefully I have two more matches to play."

He will next face American John Isner in the semifinals Friday. The ninth-seeded Isner beat No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3. It will be the first Grand Slam semi of the 33-year-old Isner's career.

The other semifinal will feature two of tennis' biggest names, as 12th-seeded Novak Djokovic will face No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal.

As for Federer, the third-set loss to Anderson was his first of the tournament and broke a streak of 34 straight sets won at Wimbledon, tying the mark the Swiss star set more than a decade ago in 2005-06. Anderson then broke Federer to go up 4-3 in the fourth set before holding on to force a decider against the eight-time Wimbledon champ.

Federer and Anderson each held serve throughout the final set, sparking a fan to yell out "I need to watch the football!" to laughter after Federer made it 9-8.

England was set to face Croatia in a World Cup semifinal in two hours when the fan yelled out.

The two continued to hold serve until 11-11, when Federer suffered his first double-fault of the match and the first break of the final set.

Anderson, who hadn't been broken since the second set, fell behind 15:0 before serving out for the match by claiming the next four points.

"I just kept on telling myself I need to keep believing. I had to keep telling myself, today was going to be my day," said Anderson, who was 0-4 against Federer in his career before Wednesday.

It marked just the third time Federer has lost a match in a major after leading by two sets (266-3), and was his earliest exit at Wimbledon since losing in the 2013 second round.

"I think I had my chances," he said. "So it's disappointing. But no doubt about it, he was consistent, he was solid, [Anderson] got what he needed when he had to. Credit to him, really, for hanging around that long."

Federer, 36, said he intends to return to Wimbledon in 2019 in search of his ninth men's title.

Anderson now sets his focus on a player, like himself, in search of his first major championship. The 6-foot-10 Isner dropped a first-set tiebreak to fellow power server Raonic but held serve the rest of the way in winning in 2 hours, 42 minutes. Isner finished with 25 aces to Raonic's 31, but held off the only break point he faced while converting 3 of 6 break points against Raonic.

This is Isner's 41st career major. Only fellow American Sam Querrey had a longer streak of majors without a semifinal appearance in the professional era, making the final four at Wimbledon last year in his 42nd slam.

"Pure elation right now. Very, very happy to be in this position right now in the semifinals. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here," Isner said. "This is amazing. It's by far the best Grand Slam I've ever played in my career, and I've been playing for 11 years. I'm super happy. To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special."

Isner has not been broken at Wimbledon this year.

On the other half of the bracket, Nadal needed five sets to get by fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. This will be his first Wimbledon semi since finishing second in 2011.

The match between del Potro and the reigning French Open champion actually went longer that the Federer-Anderson match, lasting 4 hours, 48 minutes -- the longest match of the tournament this year.

"I am very happy the way that I survived a lot of important points in that fifth set," said Nadal. "I think I did a lot of things well. I went to the net. In general terms, [it has] been a positive match. Only negative thing is I played almost five hours, and I had the chance maybe to play less winning that second set."

It will be Nadal's sixth semi at the All England Club, having won the tournament twice (2008, '10).

Serbia's Djokovic had perhaps the easiest time in the quarters, topping No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 2 hours, 35 minutes

It's the eighth semifinal appearance for Djokovic.

The 12th-seeded Djokovic is continuing his comeback from an elbow injury he suffered a year ago at Wimbledon that sidelined him for six months. He improved to 63-10 lifetime in Wimbledon matches in reaching his 32nd Grand Slam semifinal. He has won Wimbledon three times.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now. I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals," said Djokovic, whose has not won a slam since the 2016 French Open. "I don't want to stop here. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy."

--Field Level Media

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:17:25 EST Sharks re-sign Tierney for two years, $5.9M
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:03:05 EST Oilers ink Bouchard to entry-level deal
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:16:24 EST Flames sign G Gillies to 2-year deal
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:59:22 EST NHL notebook: Vesey gets 2-year deal from Rangers
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:39:35 EST Isles, Pulock reach 2-year deal
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:18:49 EST Rangers, Vesey agree to 2-year deal
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:56:37 EST Devils sign C Coleman, RW Noesen to avoid arbitration
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:35:45 EST Penguins re-sign 3 players to two-way contracts
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:23:09 EST NHL notebook: Ducks give Henrique 5-year extension
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:27:42 EST Flames sign Lindholm to 6-year deal
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:14 EST Ducks sign C Henrique to 5-year, $29.1M deal
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:17:33 EST Predators re-sign Saros, Hartman
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:45:16 EST Leafs sign Sandin to three-year entry level deal
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:11:12 EST Panarin set to meet with Blue Jackets' GM
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:41:32 EST Canadiens, Danault agree to three-year deal
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:23:59 EST Former Flyers, Senators G Emery dies in swimming accident at 35
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:01:07 EST Blue Jackets sign Bjorkstrand to three-year deal

WTA Stories

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:57:38 EST WTA roundup: Top seeds cruise in Bucharest; Larsson moves on in Gstaad
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:40:23 EST WTA roundup: Sevastova avoids Bucharest disaster, others not so fortunate
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:22:44 EST WTA roundup: Rus starts Bucharest Open with another win
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:13:27 EST Kerber holds off Williams for first Wimbledon crown
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:54:52 EST Serena, Kerber set for Wimbledon final rematch
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:44:35 EST Serena rallies past Giorgi, advances to Wimbledon semis
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:44:02 EST Final top-10 seed Pliskova ousted at Wimbledon; Serena cruises
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:45:45 EST Top-seeded Halep stunned at Wimbledon
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:45:24 EST Serena reaches second week, but Venus falls at Wimbledon
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:24:21 EST Muguruza stunned at Wimbledon; Halep, Kerber advance
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:48:18 EST Makarova stuns second-seeded Wozniacki at Wimbledon
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:01:23 EST Sasnovich upsets two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 16:36:11 EST Serena wins in straight sets in Wimbledon opener
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:29:10 EST Serena wins, Stephens and Svitolina upset in first round at Wimbledon
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:28:52 EST Wozniacki survives challenge from Sabalenka for Eastbourne title
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:25:59 EST Wozniacki rallies to reach Eastbourne final
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:58:53 EST Wimbledon draw shapes up nicely for Serena Williams
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:20:46 EST Kerber outlasts Kasatkina in 3-set thriller at Eastbourne
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:46:17 EST WTA roundup: Wozniacki advances, but red-hot Kvitova withdraws at Eastbourne
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:09:12 EST Serena awarded No. 25 seed at Wimbledon

LPGA Stories

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:23:37 EST Inbee Park stuns with withdrawal from UL International Crown
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:51:52 EST Suwannapura tops Lincicome in playoff to win Marathon Classic
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:09:24 EST Henderson leads by a stroke after Round 3 of Marathon Classic
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:36:18 EST Henderson, Hedwall share 36-hole lead at Marathon Classic
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:00:14 EST Suwannapura takes 1-shot lead in Marathon Classic
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 22:09:18 EST Kim breaks LPGA scoring record at Thornberry
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 21:46:07 EST Kim ties 54-hole record, leads by 8 at Thornberry
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:33:49 EST Sei Young Kim seizes four-stroke lead at Thornberry
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:37:10 EST Defending champ Kirk fires 62 for early Thornberry lead
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:44:20 EST Korea, U.S. top UL International Crown field
Sun, 01 Jul 2018 19:00:50 EST Park outlasts Ryu, Hataoka in playoff to win Women's PGA
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:46:51 EST Ryu three shots clear in Women's PGA
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:10:44 EST Ryu, Henderson join Park atop PGA Championship leaderboard
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:10:52 EST Park claims first-round lead at Women's PGA Championship
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:13:58 EST Japanese teenager Hataoka rolls in Arkansas for first win
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:42:45 EST Lee, Hataoka share second-round lead at Arkansas
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:52:14 EST Winless Lopez on top in Arkansas
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:19:37 EST Ryu prevails at Meijer LPGA Classic for sixth career win
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:11:23 EST Pace, Nordqvist grab share of lead at Meijer LPGA Classic
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:24:26 EST Ryu seizes control of lead at Meijer LPGA Classic

WNCAAB Stories

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:42:54 EST Former Tennessee great Charles-Furlow dead at 49
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:51:39 EST South Carolina's Wilson earns Wooden Award
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:50:53 EST UConn's Stevens skipping final season, entering WNBA draft
Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:15:27 EST Easter stunner: Irish win title on last-second 3-pointer
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:07:32 EST South Carolina's Wilson wins Naismith player of year
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:26:56 EST Ogunbowale's shot lifts Notre Dame over UConn in OT thriller
Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:46:41 EST Mississippi State outlasts Louisville in OT to advance to national championship
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:16:06 EST Notre Dame downs Oregon to charge into Final Four
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:01:32 EST UConn routs defending champion South Carolina to reach Final Four
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:57:47 EST McCowan, Mississippi State outmuscle UCLA to reach Final Four
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:04:33 EST Durr scores 18 as Louisville romps into Final Four
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:46:48 EST Oregon cruises past Central Michigan to advance to Elite Eight
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:11:38 EST Notre Dame edges Texas A&M to make Elite Eight
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:52:26 EST Collier paces top-seeded UConn in win over Duke
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:57:12 EST No. 2 seed South Carolina pulls away late to top Buffalo
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:34:21 EST NCAA women's roundup: Oregon State stuns Baylor
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:54:01 EST Louisville overpowers Stanford in regional semis
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:40:30 EST UCLA edges Texas to reach Elite Eight
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:42:57 EST Oregon State ends Baylor's 30-game winning streak in Sweet 16 upset
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:19:07 EST Mississippi State cruises past NC State to advance to Elite Eight

USA Stories

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:30:24 EST Thomas extends lead with Stage 12 win in Tour de France
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:14:26 EST Olympic medalist Ten stabbed to death in Kazakhstan
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:50:43 EST Hall of Fame QB Kelly steals show at 2018 ESPYs
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:04:54 EST Thomas takes yellow jersey with late push in Stage 11
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:42:01 EST Tour de France leader Van Avermaet surprises on first Alps stage
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:12:05 EST Degenkolb emotional after winning brutal Tour de France Stage 9
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:44:09 EST Groenewegen wins 2nd straight stage, Van Avermaet retains lead
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:26:36 EST Groenewegen wins Tour de France Stage 7, Van Avermaet retains yellow jersey
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:45:59 EST Coach in Lavar Ball's JBA seen pushing, cursing at player
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:58:15 EST USOC names new CEO in wake of turbulent year
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:55:33 EST FanDuel announces sportsbook at Meadowlands
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:49:07 EST Dan Martin claims Tour de France Stage 6 win
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:11:54 EST Slovakian Sagan handles hilly finish to win Tour de France Stage 5
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:37:16 EST Ankle condition leaves Justify's summer plans on hold
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:31:59 EST Gaviria captures Tour de France Stage 4 in wild finish
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:48:01 EST Team BMC captures Tour de France Stage 3 time trial
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 12:29:00 EST Sagan wins Tour de France Stage 2 as Gaviria crashes late
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 13:35:20 EST Defending champ Froome crashes in Tour de France Stage 1
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:24:01 EST BIG3 becomes first pro league to allow CBD use
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:31:32 EST Mississippi State softball freshman Wilcox dies

INDY Stories

Sun, 27 May 2018 17:54:42 EST Power finally claims elusive Indy 500 victory
Sun, 27 May 2018 17:40:48 EST Patrick crashes out of final Indy 500


Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:55:12 EST Report: USC WR Lewis arrested for domestic violence again
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:55:10 EST Clemson DC Venables agrees to $11.6M contract
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:39:36 EST UNC reports secondary violations to NCAA
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:43:31 EST Alabama loses another linebacker with Holcombe's departure
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:02:57 EST UNC's Fedora says football 'under attack' at ACC Media Days
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:11:17 EST Saban on Alabama's starting QB: 'We'll see'
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:17:56 EST Former Ohio State star DE Kudla dies at 34
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:01:15 EST Former Texas Tech, Steelers defensive liineman Rivera dies at 57
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:18:27 EST 26 QBs named to Davey O'Brien watch list
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:11:56 EST SEC: Georgia over loss to Alabama; rules changes take effect in 2018
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:28:45 EST LSU's Orgeron: Hiring Canada as OC 'a mistake'
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:54:51 EST Oklahoma coach Riley: Murray 'not the quarterback yet'
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:01:20 EST Parents say heatstroke caused Maryland lineman's death after workout
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:12:21 EST Former Arizona State football player Franklin dies at 26
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:07:03 EST SEC media days kick off with a reminder of conference's football dominance
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:26:50 EST Report: Vols DL Thaxton arrested on domestic assault charge
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:02:04 EST Alabama's Hurts, Stanford's Love among players on Maxwell Award watch list
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:28:39 EST Ohio State's Bosa among 85 players on Bednarik Award watch list
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:50:27 EST Georgia lands Cal transfer, former No. 1 recruit Robertson
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:14:57 EST Louisville removing Papa John's from stadium name