World No. 8 Kevin Anderson says that he might have a chance against Roger Federer on Wednesday at Wimbledon, if he can forget who he’s playing against.
Anderson, who is South African and lives in the United States, has improved a lot over the past year. He reached the final at the 2017 US Open, the final of Acapulco this season, and the semifinals of Madrid on clay.
He is, however, yet to win against Federer in four tries, or even take any sets, but they have not played since 2015. They now play again in what is Anderson’s third Slam quarterfinal.
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“I’m definitely going to have to look at it the right way. I think the right way of looking at it is it’s an opportunity to test myself against a player of Roger’s caliber,” Andreson said. “These are the matches we work so hard. The pressure is all on him. But he handles that very well. It really comes down to me doing my best to treat it like another tennis match, and really trusting each and every process I’ve got; my routines in between points, getting ready. I’m experienced enough and have played these guys enough to have a lot more comfort going out on the court and being able to play my game.
“I just have to trust my abilities, trust my strokes, trust the process, trust everything I’ve been doing.”
But while Anderson will concentrate on his own game, he knows that Federer brings a lot to the court.
“His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out. Just the way he moves, the way he conducts himself on the court is very impressive,” Anderson said. “Everything looks so easy, so fluid. The variety he brings to the court. The use of the slice backhand. The use of his attacking forehand. His defense. Obviously he’s really got the complete package. And on top of all of that, the expectations he’s had to deal with for over a decade, 15 years, at the top of the game, he’s able to deal with it so well, which isn’t easy. People always look at that side, every time he goes out, obviously all eyes are on him.”
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