Support system key for ex-Illini ahead of Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The men's tennis coach's office at Atkins Tennis Center became a popular gathering place on Wednesday morning.

"People kept streaming down," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said.

Final Four: Which two will reach the Wimbledon title match?

Two 30-something former college players, including an ex-Illini, chasing their first-ever major championship. Two former Wimbledon winners seeking a return to glory. Take a closer look at today's semifinal matches at the All England Club, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli:

John Isner vs. Kevin Anderson

Asmussen | Ex-Illini Anderson 'played like a champ'

I sat down to watch a few minutes of Wimbledon on Wednesday morning. And couldn't turn it off.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson played the match of his life against legend Roger Federer. Down two sets in the quarterfinal, Anderson rallied for a stunning five-set victory, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that exceeded four hours.

Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon quarterfinals

Former Illini Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, plays against Roger Federer during their men's quarterfinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018.

Former Illini pulls Wimbledon stunner

Kevin Anderson is moving on at Wimbledon.

Somehow, some way. 

The former Illini outlasted top-ranked Roger Federer in a marathon Wimbledon quarterfinal match on Wednesday morning, rallying to win in five sets and advance to his first-ever semifinal appearance at the All England Club. 

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.

Ex-Illini Anderson advances to first Wimbledon quarterfinals

LONDON -- Kevin Anderson has advanced to the Wimbledon men's singles quarterfinals after knocking off Gael Monfils in a tense, four-set affair Monday at the All England Club.

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

Anderson keeps on winning

Kevin Anderson has never made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

But if the former Illini standout keeps playing next week the way he did on the grass courts during the opening week of the Grand Slam in London, watch out.

The eighth-seeded Anderson defeated No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.