Roger Federer wastes match point, loses to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon.

Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final. "It's true that it has been a while since I have been in that position but, at the same time, I have been in that position a couple of times in my career".

"I don't think it would have changed if I played there past year".

So, with two quarter-finals being played on Centre Court and two on Court One, something has got to give. "That, of course, is a positive result".

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely during their men's singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016. Federer eked out a break point at 4-3, Anderson quickly snuffed it out, then Anderson served to stay in the match, and did so to love. Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.

Federer also refused to blame the unfamiliar surrounds of Court One, despite never looking entirely comfortable on it.

Federer hasn't dropped serve at Wimbledon so far but is wary of the challenge posed by Anderson whose big serving style is flourishing on courts cooked by last week's heatwave.

"I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final", Nadal explained. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

Djokovic will also start as favourite against Japan's Nishikori, says Wilander, who believes the Serb is beginning to show signs of the form that earned him three titles at the All England Club. "That's the point. It's about being smart, no?"

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all. And he kept his composure while Federer committed everyday errors - a netted backhand, an over-hit forehand - at the worst possible moments.

The 32-year-old is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.

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.

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