Roger Federer had a brutally honest response to his stunning Wimbledon upset

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon

South Africa's Kevin Anderson has beaten defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in five gruelling sets.

Roger Federer admitted he didn't expect a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss against Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at Wimbledon. Now I feel horribly tired and just terrible.

"I'm sorry for him, of course". That's a bad feeling to have.

"He's not going to stay around forever but there's no reason for him not to come back one more year at least". I think that was the key at the end. "It's just bad. But that's how it goes".

How hard was it to see this coming? This is Djokovic's second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal.

It was the second time Federer dropped a two-set lead at Wimbledon - after a reverse to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 - and the fifth time he lost at a major when holding a match point. But Anderson held his nerve to level up and then produced a remarkable surge in form to take Federer deep into the fifth set.

"I was very happy that I got off to the right start of the match, was able to take control somewhat of the game".

I don't know if that was his serve.

"I wasn't feeling particularly well off the baseline".


"That was something I learned from 2016 where I constantly tried to get back into competition too quickly". But he was solid. He got what he needed when he had to. Should Djokovic, Nadal and Federer win, it would be the first time all three played in a semifinal since the 2012 French Open.

"I don't think it would have changed if I played there previous year". Beating Roger here at Wimbledon is something I'm going to remember.

"I think in a way I've earned the right to play the quarter on Centre, we've put the request in to the organisers", Djokovic said.

"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing."
That's my problem really'.

The longer it goes, the more Isner should benefit since Anderson is fresh off needing a 24-game final set to beat Federer.

Asked if losing to Anderson would spur him to return and make amends next year, Federer hinted he didn't plan to walk away just yet. I wouldn't call it unfinished business. From that standpoint, I felt great in practice, good in the warmup.

"It just took me a little bit of time to find sort of my legs in the competitive atmosphere". It's a good vibe. I have great memories from here.

"The overall goal is try to win the tournament".

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". He is by far their most successful current tennis player, with Chanel Simmonds the highest-ranked woman at 316 in the WTA rankings and Lloyd Harris, at 221, the next South African on the list in the men's log.

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