Fed­erer stunned

8-time Wim­ble­don champ falls in quar­ters; Nadal, Djokovic, Is­ner win

Yuma Sun - - SUN SPORTS -

LON­DON — Roger Fed­erer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight­set vic­tory in the Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals. One lousy point.

And then, slowly, over the next two-plus 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 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 topseeded 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,” said Fed­erer, who last played at No. 1 Court in 2015. “I al­most

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

JOHN IS­NER OF THE United States cel­e­brates win­ning his men’s quar­ter­fi­nals match against Canada’s Mi­los Raonic at the Wim­ble­don Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don on Wednes­day.

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