King Roger has fallen.
Swiss tennis marvel Roger Federer, a dominant force in men's tennis and the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon, lost to the No. 8-seeded South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday in London in a heart-wrenching five sets.
The matchup began as normal, as Federer took the court expected to breeze through yet another Wimbledon match. He easily won the first set against Anderson 6-2 and began the second set strong as well, but Anderson rallied back, with Federer ultimately squeaking out his second win 7-6.
The rest of the match was continuous back and forth, with Anderson taking the third set and the fourth, after Federer missed an opportunity while up a break to clinch the win. Both players struggled to break each other's serves in the fifth set, but Anderson baited Federer into a few crucial unforced errors, earning the chance to serve it out for the match. The final score was 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.
Anderson will now take his place in the semifinals — his first ever at Wimbledon — against the winner of Wednesday's match between John Isner and Milos Raonic. In the meantime, tennis fans, let's pour one out for a fallen legend. See the highlights of Wednesday's match here. Amari Pollard
Nearly every hour for the better part of the last 157 years, Big Ben's bongs could be heard around London. But after one last ring at noon local time next Monday, the bell will fall silent for the next four years as the Victorian-era timepiece undergoes much-needed repairs.
The Keeper of the Clock explained that the clock needs to be "dismantled piece by piece with each cog examined and restored" to assess an issue with the clock that rings the bell. While they're at it, the glass faces of the dials will be cleaned, the cast iron framework and the clock's hands will be restored, and an elevator will be added to the clock tower.
The complete renovation is projected to cost $40 million. The tower will be encased in scaffolding during construction, but one of the four clock faces will remain uncovered, a small consolation to Londoners unhappy about saying goodbye for now to the clock's hourly bongs. Becca Stanek