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John McEnroe had predicted everything about Roger Federer's Wimbledon loss

12 July 2018

Federer, Wimbledon's greatest male champion, was greeted warmly Wednesday by Court One ticket holders who never imagined they'd have a chance to see him in person.

"Only negative thing is I played nearly five hours".

Anderson rallied to bring the score back to two sets each and then bested Federer in a gripping finale that was not settled until its 24th game, when Anderson finally won 13-11.

There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve Federer returned wide.

That lack of success on the big stage was not just restricted to Wimbledon. He wastes three set points and gives one to Anderson, instead.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets. With Federer serving for the match at 5-3, 40-15, he hit a wide serve that Djokovic slapped back recklessly, nearly carelessly, for a victor.

Few would begrudge Anderson the win.

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Dalic's side now face England , who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow . Take this gathering in London's Hyde Park, where thousands came together to watch the game on large public outdoor screens.

Anderson comes to the final Friday with the biggest possible boost after coming from two sets and match-point down to beat the eight-times champion, Roger Federer, in a heart-stopping match on No 1 Court, the Swiss's first visit there since 2015.

They remained on serve early in the fifth set, as the match passed the three-hour mark.

Not once did Anderson panic. As I said, I felt like today was going to be my day.

Anderson, who is now 32, has stormed onto the scene in the past 10 months. Co-incidentally, Federer's mother hails from the same country as Anderson.

Djokovic came into the Championships on the back of a frustrating year which was blighted by an elbow injury and saw him slide down the world rankings as a result.

But he squandered it with a wild backhand and Anderson made the most of his reprieve with a brilliant, gutsy fightback to reach his first Wimbledon semi. Those two played each other regularly in the junior circuits. The 36-year-old dropped serve in the very next game and despite some flashes of genius from his racquet, was left rather subdued by Anderson's power and consistency.

It will be the 31-year-old Serb's first semi-final at a Slam since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

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On four of his previous five visits to south-west London, he had been defeated by players outside the top 100. He bagged his career's third singles ATP title that year at Winston-Salem, USA.

He's the first South African to reach the last four at the tournament since Kevin Curren in 1985.

Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.

He says his favourite shot is the 'serve, ' and he certainly used it as a weapon against Federer, who himself is an excellent server.

Nothing should take the shine off his victory, but it's hard not to view this clash as a major opportunity missed for Federer - a man whose opportunities will only become more limited going forward.

Losing that match point probably affected Federer more than he let on.

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He'd be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russian Federation with every fibre of his being". By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France , who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

John McEnroe had predicted everything about Roger Federer's Wimbledon loss