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Anderson storms back to knock Fed out

11th July 2018, 17:59 by Aidan Perkins

Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage after going down in a five-set epic against Kevin Anderson.

The defending champion eventually lost the last-eight showdown 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-6 11-13 on Court One, his first-ever defeat against the big-serving South African, after throwing away a seemingly dominant position when two sets up.

The Swiss star appeared to be in total control and on course for the semi-finals at SW19 but Anderson stormed back to stun the top seed.

Afterwards Anderson, who is seeded eighth for the Grand Slam, said he will cherish the famous victory.

He said: "Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job. I was in the flow of the match.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match.

"I just kept on telling myself I had to keep believing and saying today was going to be my day, you need that against someone like Roger, if you go out with doubts - like maybe I did in the first set - it's not going to go your way

"As the match went on, I gave it my all and obviously I'm very ecstatic."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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