- Kevin Anderson is the first South African to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1983
- Anderson beat Roger Federer (whose mom is South African) in a match which is sure to become a Wimbledon classic
- The South African came back to win the match after saving a match point against him and being two sets down
Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 35-years. The last South African who managed the feat was Kevin Curren who did so in 1983.
Anderson defeated the defending champion, number 1 seed and overwhelming favourite, Roger Federer (whose mom is South African) in a five-set stunner of a match is likely to become a Wimbledon classic.
It was a day of supreme achievements for Anderson who also joined an elite club made up of Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. These three are the only players who have managed to win against Federer after being two sets down in a Grand Slam event.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Anderson was not only two sets down, but he also had to save one match point in the match. Once he saved the match point the South African countered with one of the most remarkable comebacks ever witnessed at SW19.
News24.com reported that after the match, Anderson said: “I think I remember the point pretty well. The ball was there to be hit. I went after it. Had a good first serve, as well. By that stage, I felt I was hitting the ball well. Obviously, it was important for me to get through those tight moments. But I feel like my commitment to the kind of tennis I wanted to play throughout the match, it got definitely better as the match progressed.”
This was Anderson’s first triumph over the Swiss master on any surface and prior to staging his magnificent comeback, Anderson had actually never even won a set against Federer.
The win over Federer holds huge financial implications for Anderson. By reaching the semi-finals he is guaranteed to take home at least R10 million in prize money (depending on the exchange rate this could be even more by the end of the tournament).
Should Anderson reach the final on Sunday he will take home R20 million for losing or a mind-numbing R40 million if he wins the tournament.
Anderson is due to play John Isner in the semi-final on Friday.
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