Rafael Nadal: Why I feel sorry for Roger Federer at Wimbledon | Tennis | Sport

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Federer took a two-set lead against Anderson and had a match point in the third set before the South African mounted an almighty comeback to win 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

Previously only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had beaten Federer at Wimbledon after being two sets down, but the big-serving South African added his name to that list with one of the great SW19 performances.

“Now it is a reality that Federer is not here. He lost,” Nadal said.

“That’s part of our sport. That’s all.

“I’m sorry for him, of course. But it is impossible to win always, even for him.

“Even if it will be probably a tough day for him because he had a lot of chances to win the match, match point, two sets to love. It’s a tough day.

“But that’s how works this sport, even more here on grass.

“I just feel sorry for him and congrats to Kevin.

“I can’t say anything else.”

Federer and Anderson, who played 24 games in the deciding fifth set, had still not finished by the time Nadal and Del Potro took the Centre Court.

But the Spaniard, who is now favourite to win the title after winning a gruelling five-setter of his own in four hours and 48 minutes, insists he was not distracted by the upset unfolding a few hundred yards away on No 1 Court.

“I was playing tennis. I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court,” Nadal added.

“I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside.

“I have a tough work having Juan Martin in front of me.”



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