Anderson Produces Epic Comeback to End Federer's Wimbledon Defence

Anderson Produces Epic Comeback to End Federer's Wimbledon Defence

Their semi-final clash in the 2016 Olympics was one of the matches of the year, and if del Potro's body holds up (given he only completed his four-set win against Gilles Simon on Tuesday) it could turn into a classic.

Anderson then held the 24th game to clinch one of tennis' most famous victories. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

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Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand victor, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak.

A crosscourt forehand victor, a down-the-line backhand powershot, a sneak attack after a serve - Roger Federer is the master of them all.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Adrian Mannarino in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinal stage.

The surprise switch could give Anderson heart though, according to former world number one Mats Wilander, as the South African has played several matches on Court One.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

It was the second time Federer dropped a two-set lead at Wimbledon - after a reverse to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 - and the fifth time he lost at a major when holding a match point.

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'When you have to face it, obviously the only thing you can do is try to find what's best that you can rely on from inside', said Djokovic.

"But then fourth and fifth, obviously the fifth was long, that's like two sets, the fifth".

The 32-year-old certainly has nothing to lose, and can come out swinging - even breaking serve for the great Roger Federer may well be a test of patience and perseverance.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". You need that mindset against Roger.

Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing".

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