Kevin Anderson stuns Roger Federer; Rafael Nadal edges Juan Martin del Potro: Best photos, quotes and reactions from a thrilling men's quarter-final day

Andrew Hendrie in Wimbledon 11 Jul 2018
  • All the best photos, reactions, highlights and quotes from a pulsating men's quarter-final day at Wimbledon
  • Anderson fights back to stun Federer, while Nadal scrapes past del Potro in a five-hour epic
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It doesn’t get much more dramatic than this - eight-time champion Roger Federer crashing out of Wimbledon at the hands of Kevin Anderson after leading by two sets and having a match point and Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro contesting a five-set thriller of their own on Centre Court. Relive all of the action of men’s quarter-final day with the best photos, reactions, quotes and highlights below!


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Kevin Anderson (8) def. Roger Federer (1) 2-6, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11

Nobody gave Kevin Anderson a chance before his quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer. He’d never taken the Swiss to even a tiebreak in their four previous meetings, but Anderson - showcasing his trademark fighting qualities - somehow, someway, saved a match point in the third set before staging an extraordinary comeback to register the most memorable victory of his career.

The moment Anderson recorded the biggest win of his career (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


Anderson celebrates his win and first Wimbledon semi-final (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)


Federer departs the court with Anderson in tow (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


It’s the first time Federer has lost in a Grand Slam from two sets up since the 2011 U.S. Open - a run of 94 straight matches. Anderson is now the first South African to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983, while he also scored his first top five victory since beating Andy Murray at the 2015 U.S. Open.

"I have already gotten tons of messages from support back home," said Anderson. "Obviously at this sort of event, playing against an opponent like Roger is going to have a lot of coverage. Again, I really hope it's an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself. I always say I was in the same position, it's not easy coming from South Africa, it's very far from the tennis scene.”




"I think I had my chances, so it's disappointing," said Federer. "No doubt about it. He was consistent. He was solid. He got what he needed when he had to. Credit to him for hanging around really that long."



Rafael Nadal (2) def. Juan Martin del Potro (5) 7-5, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

The drama wasn’t limited to Court No. 1 as Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro played out a five-set thriller of their own on Centre Court - and it was the Spaniard who produced the comeback, recovering from two-sets-to-one down to emerge triumphant 6-4 in the fifth to keep his Wimbledon dream alive.

In a match that lasted close to five hours, Nadal outlasted a gallant del Potro as the Argentine collapsed to the grass in disappointment after match point. As sporting as ever, Nadal refused to celebrate until he had made his way over to the other side of the net and consoled del Potro in one of the more memorable images of the tournament.

Nadal walks over to del Potro after five hours of unrelenting tennis on Centre Court (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)


Nadal and del Potro shake hands and embrace after their battle (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Nadal celebrates his first Wimbledon semi-final since 2011 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The match had everything, with an unrelenting Nadal almost taking out a herd of spectators as he chased a ball into the crowd, while del Potro was channelling his inner Boris Becker as he produced multiple diving volleys on the lawns. But in the end it was Nadal who edged the contest to move into his sixth Wimbledon semi-final - and first since 2011.

"I am very happy the way that I survived a lot of important points in that fifth set," said Nadal. "I think I did a lot of things well. I went to the net. In general terms, [it has] been a positive match. Only negative thing is I played almost five hours, and I had the chance maybe to play less winning that second set. 
"For the rest of the things, great news, semi-finals of Wimbledon again. Great match, emotional match for both of us and for the fans, too. Great feelings."




"I think I played really good tennis today, but Rafa is Rafa, you know," del Potro said. "Sometimes you play your best tennis and it's not enough to beat him. But I'm glad with my tournament. Physically I'm okay. That gives me confidence to keep going in the future."


John Isner (9) def. Milos Raonic (13) 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (12) def. Kei Nishikori (24) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

And we mustn’t forget the other two quarter-finals, both of which went four sets, with Novak Djokovic returning to his first Grand Slam semi-final since 2016 by beating Kei Nishikori and John Isner advancing to his first ever major semi after coming out on top in his big-serving dual with former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic.

“I feel [that] if I have to compare the game that I've played, the level of tennis that I've had those years and today, I think it's pretty close,” said Djokovic. “I like the level of tennis that I'm playing right now. I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals. I don't want to stop here. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy.”
Djokovic celebrates his win over Nishikori (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)




Isner celebrates reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)




“Pure elation right now. Very, very happy to be in this position right now in the semi-finals. With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here,” Isner said. “This is amazing. It's by far the best Grand Slam I've ever played in my career, and I've been playing for 11 years. I'm super happy. To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special.”

The men's semi-finals will take place live from Wimbledon on Friday July 13, with Kevin Anderson facing John Isner and Novak Djokovic squaring off against Rafael Nadal.


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Kevin Anderson stuns Roger Federer; Rafael Nadal edges Juan Martin del Potro: Best photos, quotes and reactions from a thrilling men's quarter-final day

It doesn’t get much more dramatic than this - eight-time champion Roger Federer crashing out of Wimbledon at the hands of Kevin Anderson after leading by two sets and having a match point and Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro contesting a five-set thriller of their own on Centre Court. Relive all of the action of men’s quarter-final day with the best photos, reactions, quotes and highlights below!

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