Wimbledon | Federer admits to shock and fatigue
Roger Federer admitted he was shell-shocked and fatigued after his Wimbledon quarter-final exit against Kevin Anderson.
It was one of the most stunning defeats of the Swiss’ career last Wednesday, blowing a two-set lead and wasting a match point in a dramatic 2-6 6-7(7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 loss.
Federer’s bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the defending champion collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks among the tournament’s greatest upsets.
I don't think it really mattered, to be honest. I had my chances and blew them. That's my problem really Roger Federer
“To be honest, I didn’t feel mental fatigue [during the match]. Now I feel horribly fatigued and just awful,” he admitted.
“As the match went on, I couldn’t surprise him any more. That’s a bad feeling to have.
“I couldn’t come up with enough good stuff for him to miss more. I think that was the key at the end.
“It’s just terrible. But that’s how it goes, you know. I didn’t see it coming.”
It was Federer’s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.
Federer was playing on Court One for the first time in three years, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion denied his surprise move from Centre Court was a factor.
“I don’t think it really mattered, to be honest. I had my chances and blew them. That’s my problem really.”
Meanwhile his fans are outraged that their hero has been knocked out of Wimbledon after buying expensive tickets to the final.
The Swiss star was expected to progress to the final and set up a repeat of the epic 2008 showdown with arch-rival Rafael Nadal but the Spaniard will now face either John Isner or Anderson, if he can get past Novak Djokovic on Friday.
Federer fans took to Twitter to fume about not getting to see the World No 2 in action after purchasing tickets to Sunday’s final.
“The one year you have a men’s final Wimbledon ticket and the legend is out #Federer #wimbledon2018 #gutted,” one supporter wrote.
And another added: “Purchased £600 CC men’s final ticket hoping to watch #Federer play for the first time at #Wimbledon and look what universe did to me. Don’t @ me.”
Some supporters even took further action to cancel plans of attending the men’s final altogether.
“As Federer is out in #Wimbledon, no more reason to go to final. Ditched my EuroStar return ticket of Mon,” a gutted fan wrote.
Federer was stunned following his defeat but insisted he will be back to fight for his ninth Wimbledon title next year.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take me. Might take me a while. Might take me half an hour. I have no idea what it’s going to be,” Federer said.
“Yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year. I wouldn’t call it ‘unfinished business’. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already (smiling).
“So I’m all right. Just disappointed now.”