Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

A double fault gave Anderson a break point, Federer then firing into the net, and his hopes of a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title were ended as he was unable to return a huge serve down the middle.

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.

When Wimbledon got underway July 2, tennis fans of all loyalties seemed united in rooting for one pairing in Sunday's men's final: a reprise of the 2008 clash between Federer and Nadal, which produced what many believe is the greatest match in tennis history.

Anderson will now move into his first semi-finals at the tournament; taking on the victor of John Isner and Milos Raonic for a place in a final against what may be Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

The only other times that Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semifinal loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011. That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1.

As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720.

This will be their first meeting on grass, and Nishikori said: 'I think it's going to be a new game for us. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today. 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.

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"I was actually playing really high-quality tennis, having a few sniffs on his serve, nearly felt my mind wondering, Well, maybe I can do this".

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets.

It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.

Anderson kept pace in the third, but Federer still had the chance to put the 6-foot-8 South African away. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve. However, he fell once, this time in a 7-6 tiebreaker, to fall behind two sets to none.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting". "It feels great to make the last four of a Slam again".

"You are reluctant to write Roger off - just the way that he moves around the court and he stays injury free", said the Australian, who won the title in 1987.

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