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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.

Anderson advances at Wimbledon

Former Illini Kevin Anderson is moving on at Wimbledon.

The eighth-seeded Anderson defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday morning to finish their second-round match that started on Wednesday, but was suspended because of rain and resumed on Thursday.

Anderson moves on at Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson has advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon in three of the last four tournaments.

So far, the former Illini is off to a good start at the 2018 event.

The 32-year-old Anderson won his first-round singles match on Monday, defeating Norbert Gombos from Slovakia 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that took 1 hour, 56 minutes to complete.

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

VIDEO: Illinois hosts Hall of Fame Gala at Field Museum

Illinois hosted its second Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago on Friday. Check out highlights and hear from several inductees in the video below.

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