Sports Minister Xasa congratulates Kevin Anderson after win against Federer

Sherman Parsons
July 14, 2018

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said 20-time major victor Federer.

Defending champion Federer had looked in complete control, but Anderson produced a stunning comeback to prevail 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 14 minutes.

On they went, both holding to love for 10-10, but at 11-11 it was Federer who blinked first, a double fault handing South African Anderson a rare break point which he converted. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for US citizenship.

"As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective", he said. There's hopefully two more matches still to be played. All I need to worry about is today'.

While top seed Federer was only at his scintillating best in the first set nothing could be taken away from Anderson, who will become the first male player representing South Africa to contest a Wimbledon semi-final since Kevin Curren in 1983.

He is a bit of a sporting contradiction - a quietly spoken man, with the loudest of bombastic serves.

Federer's serve had been untouched in the tournament until Anderson, who won just one receiving points in the opener, took it in the second game of the second set.

The match had all the makings of a routine Federer victory after the first set, which the Swiss great won with two service breaks and the loss of just one point on his serve. Ostapenko, playing in the last four for the first time here, will never die wondering as she goes for her shots with extreme power from the back of court, while Kerber, the 2016 runner-up, is more measured, can soak up pressure and is less erratic. Few considered Anderson as having a chance.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets. And here at Wimbledon, there has been a quiet confidence about Anderson.

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

Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semifinals, where he will meet Nadal. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done.

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do", Djokovic said afterward, "something that I don't think is fair". "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

Anderson will now rest ahead of Friday's final-four match. He touched post-match on an injury-ravaged 2016, and how his coaching team and nearest and dearest put him back together.

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.

"Yeah, already gotten tons of messages from support back home", said eighth seed Anderson. "Obviously at this sort of event, playing against an opponent like Roger is going to have a lot of coverage".

"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue".

Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers.

"I just love being around here".

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