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Roger Federer suffers shock loss in Wimbledon quarterfinal to Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Nadal is into his first quarter final since 2011 Credit GETTY IMAGES
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 22:16

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.

In a stunning turnaround in an unfamiliar setting - Court No. 1 instead of Centre Court - the No. 1-seeded Federer blew a match point and, eventually, all of a big lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss to No. 8 Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

The eight-time champion and 20-time grand slam victor last played a Wimbledon match outside Centre Court in 2015.

"Federer departs Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage and in the slightly unusual surroundings of the No 1 court".

He'll face either Milos Raonic or John Isner in their semi-final on Friday.

Rafael Nadal ended a seven-year wait to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals again as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic joined him in the last eight. You need that mindset against Roger.

Eight-time champion Federer has already won more Wimbledon singles titles than any other man, but was aiming to equal Martina Navratilova's all-time record.

It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

"The umpire said he didn't see".

Defending Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer was knocked out of this year's championships by South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

"Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russian Federation, how they're going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time", Federer was quoted as saying by AFP.

He forced a tiebreak but, despite losing the first mini-break, Federer turned things around to go two sets ahead.

Federer, 36, breezed through the opening set in just 26 minutes, had a match point in the third set and was just two points from victory a couple of times in the epic fifth set that lasted 90 minutes. The Swiss previously won 34 straight sets between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

No. 1 Roger Federerr vs.

This feat follows Anderson's 2015 battle with Novak Djokovic, where he took the Serb to five sets in the Wimbledon round of 16 in 2015.

As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720. I think that was the key at the end.

"I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around", Federer said.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.