MATCH POINT! A moment Kevin Anderson will never forget

MATCH POINT! A moment Kevin Anderson will never forget

But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.

The Spaniard came through a mammoth encounter with Juan Martin del Potro yesterday, making the final four for the first time in five years after a five-set clash which spanned almost five hours.

South African Kevin Anderson, another member of the over-30s club, is in his first ever Wimbledonq quarter-finals, and to be fair hasn't taken too long to get there either, having been taken to four sets just twice.

Anderson will take on the victor of Milos Raonic and American John Isner.

The victory sends Anderson to Friday's semifinal, in which he'll face three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who turned back Kei Nishikori in four sets.

Anderson staved off Federer's first and only attempt at match point, trailing 5-4 in the third set, before winning the game to tie the set at 5-5 and ultimately winning the next game to take a 6-5 lead.

"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC.

"I think it went in spells a bit also, how I was able to return his serve". "One of those average days you have to try and win the match, and I couldn't get it done today".

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Federer's first double fault of the match was perhaps the most costly error either player made.

Up a set and serving for the second, Federer got angry at a call that was reversed by the Hawk-Eye system.

It was an extraordinary turnaround after Federer won the first set in 26 scintillating minutes against a player he had beaten four times out of four without dropping a set. "The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me", Anderson said earlier in the week.

Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but struck a backhand into the net before the eighth-seeded Anderson broke in the following game and held serve.

Switzerland's Roger Federer heads to the exit at Wimbledon after losing for the fifth time in his career with a two-set lead. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already. Federer may well be the greatest of all time but even he will find it tough to win at that age.

When asked if he thought he was flying under the radar at this tournament, Djokovic said, "I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favorite".

Djokovic is a 12-time major champion who's been in something of a rut, due to right elbow troubles that lasted more than a year until he finally had surgery in February. "That's the thing. I can be here, I can't come here and say, 'no, of course I want to play against the best players'".

Federer and Nadal are favourites to meet in Sunday's final - 10 years after their epic 2008 showdown - but Wilander believes Del Potro could throw a spanner in the works. That's my problem really, the 36-year-old said.

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