Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Roger Federer vows to return to Wimbledon next year

Roger Federer vows to return to Wimbledon next year

Not so much shot of the day, more shots as Nishikori produced a brilliant point against Djokovic in the first set. In the quarterfinals Federer will match with the unsafe South African Kevin Anderson. "I said today is going to be my day". He also appeared to benefit from the lack of a tiebreaker in the fifth set, as the 36-year-old Swiss wore down over the course of the four-hour-plus contest, reports Efe. "As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective". Today was one of those days.

"I think I remember the point pretty well".

Asked if he knew where he lost control, Federer told a media conference: "I guess there was definitely a moment at some point".

Anderson will next play America's John Isner, who also reached his first Wimbledon semi-final when he defeated Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-3.

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

Like a vintage Rolls Royce, Federer cruised into the last eight for a mind-boggling 16th time with another imperious centre-court display at The All England Club.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.

First of all, Federer was 4-0 against Anderson, winning every set.

The defending champion had not dropped a service game at this year's championships either - part of a run spanning 85 games - until Anderson broke him in the second set.

On they went, both holding to love for 10-10, but at 11-11 it was Federer who blinked first, a double fault handing Anderson a rare break point which he converted.

Rafa remains in action at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals where he will face off against Novak Djokovic.

But in a simply stunning two years since, the grand master has lost just seven of 88 matches and taken his record title haul to a magical 20 slams.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". In tough times you can sort of rely on "hey, I feel like I'm a better tennis player, I'm going to get through".

"It didn't harm the grass". Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning.

"The umpire said he didn't see". "I don't think it really mattered, to be honest".

Despite his anger - and picking up a time violation in the fourth set - 12th seed Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games.

Anderson will now meet fellow big-server Kevin Anderson of the United States in the first semi-final. "It was dark so I couldn?t see the ball that well and it was very windy". I really have felt a lot of improvements in that time. But when it comes to Federer, it is never just another run-of-the-mill game.

The 32-year-old is playing in the last eight at the All England Club for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.

Djokovic, who leads his epic head-to-head rivalry with Nadal 26-25, reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori.

The South African, who got to the US Open past year, said in the post-match interview that he just believed "today was my day".

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