Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
We have a new GOAT on the 🎾 court!! No. 8⃣ seed 🇿🇦 @KAndersonATP wins against No. 1⃣ seed and reigning @Wimbledon champion 🇨🇭 @rogerfederer 2-6, 6(5)-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in the quarterfinals.#Illini 🔷🔶 | #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/dTDtw2tRq3— Illinois M Tennis (@IlliniMTennis) July 11, 2018
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.