Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title bit the dust as South African Kevin Anderson recovered from two sets down to win a quarter-final cliffhanger 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 on a tension-filled Court One on Wednesday.
Kevin Anderson told South African youngsters to "stick to their dreams" and follow in his footsteps after he knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
It is the second time that 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has lost at Wimbledon from two sets ahead, suffering the same fate against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.
In the semifinals, Anderson will face the victor of the matchup between American John Isner, the No. 9 seed, and Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 13 seed.
Federer is now 266-3 after winning the first two sets.
Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set.
Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been relegated to court one as Novak Djokovic got his wish to play on Centre Court later today.
He missed a match point when two sets up before eighth seed Anderson fought back to win a remarkable contest.
It means Nadal is now in his 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal and following previous years of injuries and bad luck at SW19, the Spaniard was pleased to reach the last eight.
Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a ideal batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon.
Eyeing a ninth title at The All England Club, Federer ultimately paid the price for being unable to convert any more than three of 12 break-point chances in the four-hour, 14-minute cliffhanger on Court One.
Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them. That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1.
But Federer offered a contrasting view in his media conference following a 6-0 7-5 6-4 fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday. After that, Federer began to struggle and Anderson unloaded his swings on every shot.
Djokovic looked in control in the first set.
Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world's top 30, Federer said: "I think it's a tough matchup for him maybe against me".
And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break.
Anderson stayed cool and sealed victory on his first match point with a powerful first serve which Federer could only return into the tramlines.
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