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Kevin Anderson on what he said to himself when two sets down v Roger Federer

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Ladies and gentlemen, Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon.

Yes, you read that correctly - the darling of Center Court crashed out after a marathon clash with South African Kevin Anderson on Court Number 1 on Wednesday.

It all looked to be going according to plan for Federer after he rapidly and quite routinely claimed the first two sets.

However, Anderson was far from beaten and having saved a match point, effected one of the most remarkable comebacks the championships has ever known.

To do such a thing against Roger Federer at SW 19 is almost unheard of, and many would’ve been forgiving for writing the South African off after that second set.

It must have taken some mighty mental fortitude to overcome the odds and he will need to recover quickly from the mental and physical toil the match against Federer will no doubt have taken.

In the aftermath of his stunning win, Anderson spoke about what he was telling himself as he stared down the barrel of a quarter-final exit.

“I’m not quite sure what to say,” said Anderson.

“Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting.

“By the end I felt I did a great job not thinking about things too much.

“Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one that I remember, especially in such a close match. I just kept on telling myself I have to keep believing.”

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Despite the Swiss maestro being in some of the best form of his life Anderson always felt he could beat him, even when two sets down.

He proved himself right as he finally claimed the victory after winning a titanic final set 13-11.

Anderson will face the winner of the clash between John Isner and Milos Raonic in the semi-finals in what could prove to be a wonderful opportunity to make it to his first Wimbledon final.

Now, the question is, can he go all the way to claim his first major trophy, or has he simply kicked the door down for the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal?

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