LONDON: Eight-time champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, surrendering a two-sets lead and a match point at the hands of South African giant Kevin Anderson.
Defending champion Federer, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title, lost a Court One epic, 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 as 32-year-old Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983. “Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting. Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match,” Anderson said. “I kept telling myself to keep believing.
I said today is going to be my day.” In a nail-biting four hour and 13-minute classic, it was 36-year-old Federer’s earliest exit at the All England Club since his shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. “Sometimes you don’t feel good, and you try your best. Today was one of those days. I didn’t see it coming,” said Federer. “I think it went in spells a bit also, how I was able to return his serve. “I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don’t know where the hell I was moving to.”Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, reached his first semi-final at the majors in more than two years by seeing off Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The 12-time Slam champion will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the final.
For the only the second time at Wimbledon, Federer was beaten after holding a two-set lead, with his previous loss from that position coming against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets.
That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon, equalling his own record set between 2005 and 2006.
But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.
Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.
Yet once he had ended Federer’s run of holding serve for 85 consecutive games — a streak dating back to last year’s semi-final — Anderson’s confidence soared.
Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick.
But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 in the decider to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss to the exit door.
Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori.
It will be the 31-year-old Serb’s first semi-final at a Slam since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.
The 12-time major winner prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of “double standards”.
“I think the first warning was unnecessary,” said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.
“It didn’t harm the grass. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn’t warned.
“The umpire said he didn’t see it. I don’t think it’s fair but it is what it is.”
Despite his anger — and picking up a time violation in the fourth set — 12th seed Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games.
Nishikori was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the semi-finals in 85 years.
“Well, maybe wasn’t my best, but I thought I was playing good enough,” said Nishikori.
“But he was making me run all the time. Especially with his backhand, he can go both ways. That gave me real trouble.”
Nadal, who has made the quarter-finals without dropping a set, takes a 10-5 winning record over Del Potro into his quarter-final.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal, who is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, won the pair’s most recent clash in the semi-finals of the French Open last month.
He allowed the giant Argentine just seven games in Paris.
The 32-year-old is playing in the last eight at the All England Club for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.
Nadal is bidding to reach a sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is trying to reach the semi-finals for the second time, five years after losing to Djokovic in the longest last-four match ever played at the tournament.
World Hockey Cup: Australia beats France
BHUBANESWAR: France’s World Cup dreams in field hockey ended today as they lost to defending champions Australia 3-0 in the quarter-finals here.
The Frenchmen, who came into the 16-team tournament ranked 20th in the world, won hearts after stunning Olympic champions Argentina 5-3 in the group stage. But top-ranked Australia, who made their 12th consecutive semi-final entry in a World Cup, proved too good for the emerging French team who were undone by the speed and accuracy of the Kookaburras.
Australia skipper Aran Zalewski though heaped rich praise on his opponents for giving them a hard time at the Kalinga Stadium in the East Indian state of Odisha.”It was a really tough match. Obviously, France can be really proud of their efforts, I think they really played well and put up a great fight. “They have really come strongly in the last couple of years,” Zalewski said after the win.
“Lucky we won only on penalty corners. Really clinical in that area,” said Zalewski, whose side is eyeing a third straight World Cup title after winning the trophy in 2010 and 2014. Jeremy Hayward struck early with a perfectly executed penalty corner in just the fourth minute of the match and the Kookaburras maintained the 1-0 lead into the second quarter. The Aussie lead was doubled in the 19th minute with Blake Govers converting another penalty corner to take his tournament goals to six. Zalewski sealed his side’s victory with a third penalty corner conversion in the 37th minute.
France, who were making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, put on a gritty show in their pool to make it to the knockout round where they beat 17th-ranked China 1-0. “They have improved tremendously. I think they are ranked 20th in the world but I can honestly say that they have performed much higher than their rank,” said Zalewski. “They put up a good show in this tournament, making it to the quarters and put up a competitive fight tonight,” he added. Australia will now take on the winner of the quarter-final match between hosts India and the Netherlands slated for Thursday. Germany will meet Belgium in another last-eight clash. Earlier on Wednesday England edged out Argentina 3-2 to book a place in the semi-finals to be played this weekend.
Bangladesh vs W. Indies 2nd ODI scoreboard
DHAKA: Scoreboard of the second one-day international between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka today:
Tamim Iqbal c Roach b Bishoo 50
Liton Das c Hetmyer b Paul 8
Imrul Kayes c Hope b Thomas 0
Mushfiqur Rahim c Hope b Thomas 62
Shakib Al Hasan b Roach 65
Mahmudullah Riyad c Hetmyer c Powell 30
Soumya Sarkar c Bishoo b Thomas 6
Mashrafe Mortaza not out 6
Mehidy Hasan not out 10
Extras (b1, lb3, w9, nb5) 18
Total (seven wickets; 50 overs) 255
Did not bat: Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Imrul), 2-125 (Tamim), 3-132 (Mushfiqur), 4-193 (Mahmudullah) 5-208 (Soumya), 6-234 (Liton Das), 7-239 (Shakib)
Bowling: Roach 10-0-39-1(w2, nb1), Thomas 10-0-54-3 (w3, nb2), Chase 3-0-22-0 (w3), Paul 10-0-68-1 (w1, nb1), Bishoo 10-1-27-1 (nb1), Powell 7-0-41-1
West Indies innings
C. Hemraj lbw b Mehidy 3
S. Hope not out 146
D. Bravo b Rubel 27
M. Samuels c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur 26
S. Hetmyer c sub b Rubel 14
R. Powell c Soumya b Mashrafe 1
R. Chase c Tamim b Mustafizur 9
Keemo Paul not out 18
Extras (lb 5, w6, nb1) 12
Total (six wickets; 49.4 overs) 256
Did not bat: Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Oshane Thomas
Fall of Wickets: 1-5(Hemraj), 2-70 (Bravo), 3-132 (Samuels), 4-155 (Hetmyer), 5-157 (Powell), 6-185 (Chase)
Bowling: Shakib 10-0-28-0, Mehidy 9-0-39-1(w1), Mustafizur 10-1-63-2 (w2), Mashrafe 10-1-52-1 (w2, nb1), Mahmudullah 1.4-0-12-0, Rubel 9-0-57-2 (w1)
Result: West Indies won by four wickets
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Masudur Rahman(BAN), Aleem Dar
Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ)
Relevant: Shai Hope smashed a brilliant century as West Indies edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Opener Hope hit an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls, guiding West Indies to 256-6 in 49.4 overs after the visitors relied on three wickets from paceman Oshane Thomas to restrict Bangladesh to 255-7 in 50 overs.
Hope shared 71-run in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Keemo Paul to help West Indies get their first victory on the tour and stay alive in the series after they suffered a five-wicket loss in the opening match on Sunday.
Paul, who remained unbeaten on 18, pushed spinner Mahmudullah towards midwicket to complete the victory.
The fate of the game was hanging in the balance until Hope struck three fours off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the penultimate over.
Hope, who has now three centuries in ODIs, hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings.
“I just kept backing myself and knew that as long as I bat till the end, we will win. I asked Keemo to bat deep. It wasn’t an easy wicket in the beginning,” man of the match Hope said.
Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh giving away 57 and 63 runs respectively.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal earlier each scored a half-century to steer Bangladesh to a decent total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib top-scored with 65 off 62 deliveries while Mushfiqur and Tamim made 62 and 50 respectively after West Indies invited the hosts to bat first.
Mushfiqur and Tamim laid the foundation of the innings with a 111-run second wicket stand after Oshane Thomas worked up the lively pace early in the innings.
Thomas, who returned with bowling figures of 3-54, forced opener Liton Das to leave the field with a toe injury before handing Imrul Kayes a duck for West Indies’ first breakthrough.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Tamim, who faced 63 balls, to break his partnership with Mushfiqur, who soon became the second victim of Thomas.
Shakib, who smashed six fours and a six, then guided the lower-order to give Bangladesh a competitive score.
“It was a 50-50 match in the end, but we couldn’t hold onto the pressure. It was a good match. Hopefully, we’ll come back strong in the next game,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
The third and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Friday.
A relevant piece published earlier:
W. Indies opt to bowl in 2nd Bangladesh ODI
DHAKA: West Indies captain Rovman Powell won the toss and elected to bowl in their second one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka today.
Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0 after taking a five-wicket win in the opener Sunday also at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh fielded an unchanged squad for the second match, while West Indies dropped Kieran Powell and brought in Chandrapaul Hemraj.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
West Indies: Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell (Capt), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.
Umpires: Masudur Rahman (BAN), Aleem Dar (PAK)
Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)