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Wimbledon | Federer versus Anderson

Wimbledon | Federer versus Anderson

ROGER Federer has been pushed off the 15,000- capacity Centre Court for the first time in three years for his Wimbledon quarter-final against Kevin Anderson.

The defending champion hoping to extend his record haul of Wimbledon titles to nine is first match on No.1 Court in front of just 11,000.

Novak Djokovic will be on the main court for the first time this year for his last-eight showdown with Kei Nishikori.

The task of playing Roger? It’s obviously not easy. 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. Also at the same time I’ll try to treat it like another tennis match. Kevin Anderson

It follows three-time champion Djokovic  stating he “deserved” to play on the main court following his last-16 victory over Karen Khachanov.

But top seed Federer is in confident mood whatever court he plays on as he bid to beat a personal record of consecutive sets won (34).

He said: “I know that my level at this stage doesn’t drop under a certain level, and I also feel like I can be only surprised so much because I won’t underestimate my opponent.

“I feel there is on both ends, a feeling of how good can he play or how bad can I play, and how does that match up.

“But I do believe that me, the top player, many top players, can lose against a lot of the guys, even going all the way down to 200 in the world.

“I feel like everybody who is within the top 250 maybe has a chance on any given day. He might not win the tournament, but he can beat you, especially in a best-of-three set match. Maybe in a best-of-five set match it takes more, because there’s more margins for us. Of course, the faster the surfaces, the smaller the margins are. If that makes sense, that’s how I feel.”

And he smiled when it was suggested how a fixture clash between the Wimbledon and World Cup finals could lead to distractions on court from fans tuning into the game in Moscow.

He joked: “ I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30.

“The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon. That’s how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russia, how they’re going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time.”

South African Anderson has already completed his best ever run at Wimbledon.

The big-server said:  “The task of playing Roger? It’s obviously not easy. 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.

“Also at the same time I’ll try to treat it like another tennis match.

“Important to sort of try to think about the match a little bit ahead, visualise the conditions, being out there. The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me.

“But I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my career. When I’m doing that, I think I’m a very dangerous player. I think people can see that and can feel that. I’m definitely going to have to bring that on Wednesday.”


About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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