Former Illini Anderson braces for Federer

Former Illini Anderson braces for Federer

Ex-Illini will try to keep success going

LONDON — All Brad Dancer can do today is watch.

But if the Illinois men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Stay upright.

"Fed does a great job of keeping the ball low, especially on grass, and needless to say, Kevin does not want the ball down low," Dancer said of the 6-foot-8 Anderson. "If Kevin can keep it a shorter match and execute at the net, those are his best chances."

Anderson is vying for his first-ever semifinal appearance at Wimbledon, but is 0-4 in his career against the eight-time Wimbledon champion.

"Fed's been able to control the tempo of those matches," Dancer said. "Knowing the four times they've played, Kevin hasn't got to him or seen any weaknesses from Federer, so that's a hurdle."

Either way, Dancer is eager to see how Anderson fares in his latest shot against Federer.

"There's something that's special about Wimbledon and playing on that grass," Dancer said. "This is another milestone for him."

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