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S.Africa hails Anderson's shock defeat of Federer

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

on Thursday led in congratulating after he sensationally knocked out of to become the first South African to reach the semi-finals in 35 years.

The 32-year old Anderson defeated defending champion Federer in a five-set thriller that lasted slightly more than four hours.

"Congratulations to for reaching the men's singles semi-finals," Ramaphosa tweeted on Thursday.

Anderson became the first South African in semi-finals since in 1983 and just the sixth in history.

"We have always considered him an and he continues to wave the flag. We are very excited," Mickey Modisane, the ministry spokesman, told AFP.

"From a social cohesion and nation-building perspective, it's a great achievement for " "Over 3 hours these two men gave their all to stay alive. Fight, determination, hunger... you name it they showed it all," tweeted South African Morne Morkel, who was in the crowd of spectators at

Eighth seed Anderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 14:45 IST
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