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Roger Federer OUT of Wimbledon 2018 after gruelling five-set epic with Kevin Anderson

Mirror logo Mirror 11-07-2018 Adrian Kajumba
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Roger Federer lost from two sets up for just the fifth time in his career as he was stunned by Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Eighth seed Anderson pulled off the biggest upset of the championships to dump defending champion Federer out in a five-set epic that lasted four hours and 14 minutes and developed into the match of the men's draw so far.

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The South African totally ripped away the aura of invincibility Federer has had at SW19 this year as he produced the performance of his life to march into his first ever Wimbledon semi-final.

Anderson became the first person to break Federer at SW19 this year and then ended his run of consecutive sets as he forced the match into a decider.

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And, having at one stage been two sets down and facing match point, Anderson produced a gutsy, heroic display to turn the match on its head and claim a 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11 victory.

In doing so Anderson also denied Federer the chance of a record ninth SW19 title.

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Federer was playing on No.1 Court for the first time since 2015, initially looked right at home and like his return would be a brief one.

He took the first set in just 26 minutes but was rattled and looked uncomfortable after Anderson broke him in the second, ending a run of 85 successful service games for the eight-times champion.

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Federer still dug in to take the second on tie break then blew a match point in the third on Anderson's serve that would have earned him victory and that 35th set on a bounce with a wild, miscued backhand. 

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An inspired Anderson ended up saving three break back points against him to claim the third set with a booming ace.

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Giant 6ft 8in Anderson took the match to a decider after breaking Federer again to go 4-3 up, denying the Swiss when he had a break point and serving out the set.

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Neither player was budging in a nail-biting fifth set which was more than three times the length of the first.

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But it was Federer, who had struggled with his forehand all match, cracked first when he slammed one into the net to hand Anderson a 12-11 lead and the chance to serve for the match.

A stunning forehand from behind the baseline gave Anderson two match points and Federer found a thumping serve too hot to handle as the South African held his nerve to claim a sensational victory.

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