Roger Federer admitted he didn't expect a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss against Kevin Anderson on Wednesday at Wimbledon. The Swiss had started the match well, and wasted a match point during the third set on 5-4 after winning 6-2 7-6 the first two sets. In press conference, Federer said: 'It’s just not one of my best days, but they don’t happen very often either. It’s one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn’t get it done today. So it’s disappointing. Today was one of those days. 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. I don’t know if that was his serve. But I also have a feeling, it was a feeling of mine, you know, not getting it right.'
About Anderson's performance, Federer said he was not surprised: 'He’s got a nice, big serve that he can rely heavily on. I always thought he returns well off second serves, especially if you give him the small one. He can really lean onto it. I think he did that well again today.'
Federer added: 'I hate being here explaining losses, they kind of hurt more at Wimbledon.'
Asked if playing on No. 1 Court for the first time since 2015 at Wimbledon played a factor, Federer added: 'I don’t think it would have changed if I played there last year. It’s not like I would have remembered exactly how it would have felt. I don’t think it really mattered, to be honest. I had my chances and blew them, so… That’s my problem really.'