Anderson stuns Federer in epic marathon match

FILE South African tennis player Kevin Anderson

Defending champion Federer will play in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon's No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself. "It just happened to be that today wasn't the day". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms. I wasn't - how do you say - horribly negative the whole game. "Matches likes that are very special". Nadal will advance to play in his sixth Wimbledon semifinal, and his first since losing in the finals in 2011. In all, the two battled it out for over four hours.

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 is now 266-3 after winning the first two sets. But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.' About Anderson's performance, Federer said he was not surprised: 'He's got a nice, big serve that he can rely heavily on.

But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open.

Novak Djokovic, Nadal's one-time archrival, has had a lot of ups and downs over the past few years, but he's back in the semifinal to face off against Nadal.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

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But he lost his rhythm at the start of the second set as Anderson made his move.

Normal service was resumed for a while at least as Federer held to love before immediately breaking back and taking the ensuing tie-break. With Anderson serving, Federer held a match point at 4-5, 30-40 - but Anderson rallied back to win the game.

Federer had won his last seven five-set matches.

That ended Federer's streak of consecutive sets won at the All England Club at 34, with the former world No 1 unable to break his own record.

The prospect of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final is no more.

Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final by beating 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3, hitting 25 aces and saving the only break point he faced.

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