Roger Federer will have to wait to win his 21st Grand Slam and ninth Wimbledon title after he was defeated 6-2 7-6 5-7 4-6 11-13 by Kevin Andersen in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2018.
During this marathon affair, Andersen became the first person to break Federer's serve at this court this year. In fact, the last individual to break his serve was Tomas Berdych in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2017.
After the match, Federer praised his opposite number and vowed to return stronger next year. He said, "The goal is to come here next year. I wouldn’t call it unfinished business. I did some good business here in the past. I had moments where I was great. I had moments where I was reading his serve.
"Off the baseline, I was not feeling it as good as I hoped. It was still enough to maybe in there. At 10-all, I felt he might give me a few second serves. It’s just not one of my best days. They don’t happen very often either. It’s one of my average days.
"I’ve seen Kevin play very well off the baseline. I couldn’t feel very well off the baseline. The one-two punch wasn’t working very well. I don’t know if it was the breeze. I didn’t feel exactly 100%. It’s one of those days where you want to get by. I didn’t feel mental fatigue. Now I feel mental fatigue and just awful. It feels terrible. That’s how it goes.”
Following the victory, Andersen was on 'cloud nine'. He said, "I’m not sure what to say right now. I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set.
"By the end I was able to do a great job and I wasn’t thinking too much. Against someone like Roger, if you go out there with doubts, like I did in the first set, it’s not going to go well. Beating Roger here at Wimbledon is something I’m going to remember. But hopefully I have two more matches to play."