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Asmussen | Despite loss in Wimbledon final, Anderson earns respect of peers

In the 2004 movie "Wimbledon," Paul Bettany's "Peter Colt" rallies from a huge deficit to beat a heavy favorite for the championship.

That was fiction.

Real life was a lot different for former Illini Kevin Anderson. The South African, who won two titanic matches to get to Sunday, didn't have much left.

Kevin Anderson loses in Wimbledon final

KEVIN ANDERSON VS. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Wimbledon final, Djokovic wins in straight sets

The magical run at Wimbledon for Kevin Anderson has ended.

The former Illini lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic during Sunday's championship match in front of a capacity crowd at Centre Court despite a valiant effort in the third set.

Asmussen | Anderson raises the bar for ex-Illini success

Here's a suggestion for the Illinois athletic department, free of charge: Head to the local Best Buy and purchase enough thumb drives for every athlete on campus.

Then, ask your talented video department to load up the fifth set of Friday's Wimbledon semifinal.

I guarantee they will be fired up by the performance of Kevin Anderson. One of their own.

LIVE! Kevin Anderson wins Wimbledon semifinal match

Final two games of the fifth set ...

ANDERSON HAS BROKEN ISNER. The highlight of Game 49 was at 15-0, when Anderson fell on his behind returning an Isner serve, got up and played the next shot with his off hand, got the racket back in his right hand and won the point. He's now one game from advancing to the championship match.

Former Illini Anderson advances to Wimbledon final

LONDON — In a Wimbledon men's singles semifinal match that experienced three tiebreakers and a fifth set that lasted 50 games, the margin for error was slim as could be.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson put together a slightly cleaner game than foe John Isner. Anderson's reward for this effort: his first-ever berth in the grass-court tournament final.

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

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.

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. 

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