Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson Wimbledon Live Stream and Predictions - Federer aims to maintain perfect record against Anderson

Luke Williams 11 Jul 2018
  • Roger Federer faces Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2018
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Roger Federer

As he closes in on a ninth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer aims to maintain his perfect record against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

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Roger Federer looks to reach a thirteenth semifinal at the All-England Club as he takes on big-serving Kevin Anderson for a place among Wimbledon’s final four.

Not only is Federer on an 11-match winning streak at Wimbledon, he hasn’t dropped a set at the All-England Club since losing to Milos Raonic in the semifinals in 2016, building a 31-set winning streak during his breeze to the title in 2017 and through the first four matches of his 2018 campaign. 

Federer hasn’t even had his serve broken so far at this year’s Championships – the closest he came was in his fourth-round match against Adrian Mannarino, which he won 6-0, 7-5, 6-4. This is what passes for a competitive match for Federer at Wimbledon these days.

After losing the first set 0-6 in an embarrassing 16 minutes, Mannarino did compete much better for the remainder of the match, keeping great depth on the ball which contributed to what felt like an unusually error-prone day from Federer, particularly on the backhand side. The French journeyman actually held four break points, the first Federer has faced so far at Wimbledon 2018, although all four were promptly saved by the Swiss who extended his streak of consecutive service holds to 81 heading into the quarterfinals.

Federer ‘only’ converted five of 12 break points on Mannarino’s serve, but won a brilliant 90% of points behind his first serve and, all in all, made ‘manic’ Monday about as serene as it could be. Added to wins over Dusan Lajovic, Lukas Lacko and Jan-Lennard Struff, it adds up to Federer into the second week with plenty of energy – vital for the 36-year-old.

For Federer, serving well has been crucial in this glide into the last eight, with the eight-time champion leading the entire field at The Championships in first-serve points won: A staggering 92% for the top seed. 

Now, though, Federer finds himself amidst some of the very few men who can hope to challenge him in contests of serving stats. He faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals, and will then face the winner of the contest between Milos Raonic and John Isner in the semifinals – with the bottom half of the draw dominated by baseliners, most notably Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Federer is probably quite happy about this turn of events. He’s a combined 20-5 against the players in his draw, not to mention owning 20 Grand Slam singles titles to their zero.

That doesn’t mean next opponent Kevin Anderson shouldn’t be taken seriously. The South African, who stands 6’8”, has been playing some of his best tennis in the past few years despite being aged 32. Notoriously up by two sets on Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2015 before the match was suspended overnight for darkness, only to lose in five, Anderson achieved a personal milestone at the 2015 US Open when, after seven fourth-round finishes, he finally made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Anderson would surpass that milestone in style when he capitalized on an open draw to make his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, beating Sam Querrey and Pablo Carreno Busta before losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal. It was a huge achievement for the South African, an incredibly hard-working and consummate professional whose ranking had slumped after injury, and Anderson went on to hit a career-high ranking of world no. 7 earlier this year after reaching finals in New York and Acapulco and making the semifinals of the Madrid Masters on clay. 

Anderson lost his only grass-court warm-up match to Leonardo Mayer at Queen’s Club, but only dropped one set through the first three rounds as he defeated Norbert Gombos, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Andreas Seppi. Gael Monfils in the fourth round, however, was a totally different calibre of opponent and Anderson rose to the challenge, defeating the Frenchman 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-6(4). 

With a day off to recover, Anderson should be perfectly refreshed after what was something of a grueling battle against the Frenchman – but that’s not his problem. His problem is that he is 0-4 against Federer, and has never taken a set – never, in those four meetings, even pushed Federer to a tie-break. 

‘I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble. I'm a big player, big serve. I'm going to have to really take it to him,’ Anderson said.  

‘Also at the same time try to treat it like another tennis match. Only my second time out on Centre Court. He's played there a few more times than that.’

As it turns out the match is actually scheduled to take place on No. 1 Court – but that’s unlikely to bother Federer, although it does level the playing field ever so slightly (metaphorically, I wouldn’t wish to suggest that the grass anywhere at Wimbledon is anything other than perfectly level). The only thing Anderson can do is try to turn in the absolute best serving performance that he can, and hope to see some opportunities on Federer’s serve – which looks unlikely, given the Swiss player’s serving stats so far; indeed, the swirling wind on No. 1 Court should bother Anderson more than his opponent, if it affects either. It would slightly exceed expectations should Anderson even take a set as Federer looks to book himself securely into another Wimbledon semifinal.


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