Roger Federer's bid to win a ninth Wimbledon men's singles title came to a surprising end on Wednesday as the Swiss top seed was beaten 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 by Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
Anderson achieved something only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic had done before as he fought back to prevail, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, in a thriller that lasted four hours and 13 minutes on No.1 Court.
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The previously unlikely prospect of Anderson completing an unbelievable recovery appeared a more realistic possibility when he ensured the increasingly frustrated eight-time champion would have to go the distance to reach the last four.
But it will instead be the South African who faces John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semi-final and Federer will be left to lick his wounds and consider where it went wrong.
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Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.
Even by Federer's stratospheric standards, the first set was a little absurd.
When asked what he admired about defending champion Federer, the 32-year-old Anderson was happy to reel off an exhaustive check-list. It all started with Wimbledon's official Twitter handle tagging the International Cricket Council (ICC) on a post which had Federer playing what looked like a forward-defensive cricket stroke during his third-round match at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.
On winning the match Anderson said: "I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting".
Federer had been pursuing a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and a 44th appearance in the last four of a grand slam.
Serbia's Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating the Japanese 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is". I didn't think that was ever going to happen.
Of the five points he lost in the 16-minute opener three were in the final game when he faced his first break point of the tournament - and answered it with an ace.
But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.
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