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Roger Federer has been knocked out of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships in the quarterfinals by American John Isner.
The eighth seed lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2) against the big-serving American, leaving the Swiss superstar to lament a sorry end to his grand slam run after reaching the last four at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in the same year for the first time since 2012.
“I certainly thought it would be over after the first set,” he said after the match. “If I had gotten through the second set I maybe think I could have gone a bit further.
“But, boy, was I stunned.
“I said I can’t wait to get in (to the locker room) and look at it, but it was all over and done with in a flash.
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“I wish I had a few more shots. I thought if I could just keep the ball in play, I would be all right.
“But at the end it was like, ‘how did this ever happen?’ I’ve never had this happen in my life. Ever.
“It’s like, how? From start to finish.”
Federer, who has won Wimbledon in 2004, 2006 and 2007, said he felt like there were things he could have done differently.
“But to my credit I fought really hard and tried to keep going with it,” he said.
“One thing’s for sure: I knew coming in that I had to get through today’s match.
“I feel like at the end there were things that I could have done, but, you know, it’s probably best I didn’t take those chances.”
Federer was also left reflecting on the path to his third Wimbledon final of his career, coming off the floor to shake hands with Arendse before making his way into a waiting team of reporters.
After outlasting France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the eighth time in three Wimbledon quarterfinals, Federer now faces Marin Cilic in the semis, a man who crushed Milos Raonic at the Australian Open to go into the final four of a grand slam for the first time.
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