How men’s quarter-final day unfolded as Roger Federer lost at Wimbledon

Roger Federer was stunned by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set up a blockbusting semi-final.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at highlights of the day.

Post of the day

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro earn the plaudits after their epic five-set thriller which Nadal won 7-5 6-7 (7/9) 4-6 6-4 6-4 in four hours and 47 minutes.

Shot of the day

Not so much shot of the day, more shots as Nishikori produced a brilliant point against Djokovic in the first set. He looked to have it sewn up as he approached the net, but the Serbian produced a fine defensive lob that had Nishkori running backwards. The Japanese brought out the ‘hot dog’ and followed it up with a scorching backhand winner.

Match of the day

Kevin Anderson proved that Roger Federer is not unbeatable at Wimbledon with a stunning win. On the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One, where the Swiss had not played since 2015, it looked like being business as usual as Federer coasted into a two-set lead and had match point in the third. But Anderson found a whole new level and squared it up to send it to a decider. Then in a marathon final set, the South African ended a run of 25 service holds and soon clinched a famous victory.

A good day for…

John Isner is having the best year of his career after winning the Miami Open in March and he has now posted his best run in a grand slam. The big-serving American made it to his first semi-final at his 41st attempt.

A bad day for…

Roger Federer’s winning run at Wimbledon is over after he lost to Kevin Anderson (John Walton/PA)

It does not happen very often but Federer had a day to forget at Wimbledon. He had a match point to get the job done in straight sets against Anderson, but three hours later found himself out of the tournament, ending an 11-game winning streak at his favourite grand slam.

Quote of the day

Roger Federer tried to make sense of his defeat (AELTC/Florian Eisele/PA)

“The goal is to come back here next year. I wouldn’t call it ‘unfinished business’. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already.” – Roger Federer is not ready to give up on his Wimbledon career just yet.

Stat of the day

Such has been Federer’s domination at Wimbledon over the last two years that his serve had barely come under threat until the quarter-finals. In fact, the eight-time champion had not been broken at this year’s championships until Anderson finally won a returning game, ending a run of 85 consecutive holds. He ended up breaking him three more times on the way to a memorable win.

Thursday’s match of the day

Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, is in her first Wimbledon semi-final (Nigel French/PA)

It will not quite be attack versus defence in the women’s semi-final between Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber, but there will be contrasting styles on show and it is intriguing to see which will reign supreme. 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. It could be a thriller.

Thursday’s Centre Court order of play

Julia Goerges will get a Centre Court run-out against Serena Williams (Nigel French/PA)

Jelena Ostapenko v Angelique Kerber; Julia Goerges v Serena Williams

- Press Association


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