CAPE TOWN – While South Africa’s Wimbledon hero Kevin Anderson paid tribute to the master Roger Federer after their epic five-set quarter-final, South Africa’s Wimbledon hero was hailed by Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa as a “great ambassador of our country”.
Anderson produced an unbelievable comeback from two sets down – and facing a match point in the third set – to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time with a 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 victory over eight-time champion Federer on Wednesday.
Federer was in command for the opening two sets, especially the first, with Anderson appearing overawed in his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final.
He did seem to find his rhythm in the second set, and was a bit unfortunate to lose it via a tie-breaker after leading 2-0. But the tall 32-year-old fought back to break in the 12th game of the third set to clinch it 7-5, and never looked back.