Federer stunned by Anderson in Wimbledon thriller

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None bigger than match point in the third set. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

The 32-year-old Anderson won the 2006 NCAA doubles title with Ryan Rowe during his Illini career, and the native of South Africa earned All-American honors in each of his three seasons at IL.

'Obviously that helps knowing what time you get out on the court. I nearly could have.

"Not quite sure what to say right now", Anderson, 32 and a former University of IL standout.

Eighth seed Kevin Anderson deals Roger Federer one of his earliest Wimbledon exit.

Finally he got the breakthrough when Federer produced his first double fault of the match at 11-11, serving out to become the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.

But the South African Anderson held his nerve and then broke to seal the set 7-5 and then won the fourth 6-4 as his serve proved increasingly dominant.

Anderson's reward for his famous victory is a semifinal on Friday (Saturday NZT) against either American ninth seed John Isner or Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.

Three time victor Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

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"Pure elation right now", said Isner, who has called Wimbledon his "house of horrors" since beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in that 2010 ultra marathon, never getting past the third round until now.

Nadal, four years Federer's junior, is the only realistic rival Federer has to the coveted GOAT status. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes.

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

Federer didn't seemed bothered by being away from Centre Court when he cruised through the first set in just 26 minutes. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 156kph second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 214kph ace.

At the start of the third set, Federer went long from the baseline and after Mannarino returned, Federer drove the ball off the court with the sort of technique akin to that of Tendulkar or fellow India legend Virat Kohli. The first set was quickly closed out with a heart-stopping half volley Federer played on the run, without so much as even bothering to bend a knee.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his 5th successive Wimbledon semifinal after taking the opening two sets. Djokovic, a 12-time major champion, had not reached the final four of a Grand Slam event since the 2016 US Open. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for USA citizenship. "I learned some valuable lessons throughout that tournament because coming in today, I think the way I approached the match was a bit more with expectations that I want to keep going", Anderson said.

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.

"Maybe the losses hurt more", explained Federer. "I've put myself in with hopefully a shot to be playing again on Sunday".

"Sometimes you don't feel good, and you try your best", added Federer.

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