Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Opening in typically dominant style, the 36-year-old Federer won the opening two sets; relinquishing a match-point in the third.

While Federer's stunning loss has denied tennis fans the possibility of another blockbuster final showdown with his great rival Nadal, Anderson now has the opportunity to go one better than his charge to last year's US Open title decider.

The escape energized Anderson and he broke in the next game with a bludgeoning backhand off a weak second serve and then battled back from 0-40 to seal the third with an ace.

The eighth-seeded Anderson advances to face either No. 9 John Ishner or No. 13 Milos Raonic in a Friday semifinal match.

Kevin Anderson took deep breaths, big gulps of the early-evening air as he paced the court, preparing to serve for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Boris Becker said Anderson had played the "game of his life" and, to many, will be known as the man who ended Federer's run. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do", Djokovic said afterward, "something that I don't think is fair".

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

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Federer eventually stemmed the tide with a love hold, and the set was back on serve when Anderson failed to clear the tape with a forehand after saving two break points. I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at IL in 2006, is from South Africa. He now has broken his opponent's serve 31 times at Wimbledon.

"Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one". Djokovic grunted and groaned, he took on chair umpire Portugal's Carlos Ramos, who he accused "of double standards", and was handed two code violations, in the second and fourth sets, for racket abuse and time violations, but he also produced razor-sharp tennis.

Neither man looked like faltering until Federer double-faulted for the first time in the match and just the fourth time in the tournament in the 23rd game before Anderson held his nerve to snatch a remarkable victory in four hours and 14 minutes.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor. "I'm feeling the ball well", the Swiss said.

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