London: Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarterfinal defeat against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday. Federer’s bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13-minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament’s greatest upsets.
It was Federer’s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final. Anderson is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983. The 32-year-old made his maiden Grand Slam final appearance as last year’s US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic in semifinal
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash. Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semifinal where he will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. It will be Djokovic’s first semifinal at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.