Fed­erer wastes match point, loses to An­der­son at Wim­ble­don

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Roger Fed­erer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set vic­tory in the Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next twoplus hours, all the way un­til the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the tem­per­a­ture dropped and the spec­ta­tors’ cries of “Let’s go, Roger!” echoed through the shad­ows, every­thing came apart for the eight-time cham­pion against an op­po­nent who’d never beaten him be­fore nor made it this far at the All Eng­land Club. In a stun­ning turn­around in an un­fa­mil­iar set­ting - No. 1 Court in­stead of Cen­tre Court - the top-seeded Fed­erer blew a third-set match point and, even­tu­ally, all of his big lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss to No. 8 Kevin An­der­son on Wed­nes­day in a 4-hour, 14-minute tus­sle. “It was just one of those days where you hope to get by some­how,” Fed­erer said. “I al­most could have. “I should have.”

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