Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson, Wimbledon 2018

Nadal, who has yet to drop a set in the 2018 edition, will play either Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina or Gilles Simon of France in the last eight.

Leading SA bookmakers have installed Federer as a clear 3/50 favourite, with Anderson on offer at 13/2.

The second seed, a two-time champion at the All England Tennis Club, has been at his dominant best in the ongoing tournament, dispatching off opponents in straight sets.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.

The only other times he has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider. But that turned out to be the least of his worries. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4.

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Given the above-mentioned statistics, it's clear Anderson is a massive underdog against Federer. The three have lost one set between them all tournament.

When he lost his 2016 semi-final to Milos Raonic, Federer feared his career may be over after seriously injuring his knee in an on-court tumble.

Federer took his tally of consecutive sets won on London's hallowed lawns to 32 with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 dispatch of unsafe French left-hander Adrian Mannarino.

Tendulkar, who is regular at Wimbledon finals, also expressed his regret at not being able to see Federer play this year.

The trio have looked the class of the field so far, dropping just one set between them - won by Kyle Edmund against Djokovic in the third round.

The 32-year-old certainly has nothing to lose, and can come out swinging - even breaking serve for the great Roger Federer may well be a test of patience and perseverance.

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"I kept telling myself to keep believing". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger. I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble'.

Novak Djokovic wants to play on Centre Court, too.

The only player with a superior head-to-head record over both grand slam giants, Djokovic has warned he's finally approaching his own brilliant best after an utterly unexpected two-year major title drought.

He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw. "But I have been there before, I knew what energy I needed to bring into the fifth set", the Swiss said, "But it can happen, against a player like him who serves so big".

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