But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side.
Federer was playing on Court One for the first time in three years, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion denied his surprise move from Centre Court was a factor. I nearly could have.
Defending men's champion Roger Federer had his bid for a ninth Wimbledon title ended by Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals as the South African succeeded in a 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 epic on Wednesday. It's Federer's earliest exit from Wimbledon since 2013. We thought he could lose to maybe somebody else, but not necessarily Anderson, who hasn't had huge success coming into this tournament.
He said: "Beating Federer at Wimbledon will be one I'm going to remember, especially in such a close match".
"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing". If you there with doubts or unsure of what's going to happen like I was in the first set then it is not going to go your way. The 6-foot-8 Anderson wasn't broken in the final three sets.
The Swiss eight-times champion and top seed was beaten 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 by eighth-seeded Anderson before a stunned crowd packed into a tension-filled No. 1 Court. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance. More than two hours after that match point, Federer and Anderson battled and battled.
Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer. After a marathon final set, a double fault on Federer in the 23rd game was ultimately what did in the No. 1 player.
The only other times he has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider.
"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match". It's my mission to get back to where I was.
What looked at first like another straightforward, straight-set victory over Kevin Anderson, the big-hitting South African veteran, eventually morphed into a five-set Wimbledon upset for the ages.
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His release clause is believed to be in the region of £13 million, which would have to be seen as a bit of a bargain. The Swiss worldwide will leave relegated Stoke City this summer, this much we knew already.
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The victor of this one will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday. But he squandered it with a wild backhand and Anderson made the most of his reprieve with a brilliant, gutsy fightback to reach his first Wimbledon semi.
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"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". Depends against who you play you have less or more chances to win.
Oddly enough, the final set of the match lasted 90 minutes, as long as each of Federer's first two matches.
Nadal, four years Federer's junior, is the only realistic rival Federer has to the coveted GOAT status.
As if Federer needed any more motivation to reclaim his Wimbledon crown next year.
Federer didn't seemed bothered by being away from Centre Court when he cruised through the first set in just 26 minutes. "I feel like I did some good business in the past here already".
But Anderson is playing the best tennis of his career, having reached the final at Flushing Meadows last September and then a career-high ranking of No.7 in May.
Djokovic appeared to feign hitting the ball in the umpire's direction toward the end of his four-set win.