Former Illini star Kevin Anderson stuns top seed Roger Federer at Wimbledon

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The Swiss had led by two sets to love and had a match point but collapsed late in a lengthy decider to crash out 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-6 11-13 in a contest that lasted more than four hours.

Eighth-seed Anderson, 32, saved a match point in the 10th game of the third set and grew in confidence against an increasingly-ragged Federer who had won the first set in 26 minutes.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

Novak Djokovic's clash against Kei Nishikori went more to script and saw the Serb advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final in nearly two years following a confident 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.

Anderson, a 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, is now looking good going into the semifinal against either Canada's Milos Raonic or U.S. competitor John Isner.

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing".

"I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting", Anderson told the BBC. Anderson upset top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland on Wednesday.

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

It is the second time that 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has lost at Wimbledon from two sets ahead, suffering the same fate against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.

Anderson is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983. Watch Roger Referer vs Kevin Anderson live streaming online on ESPN TV this morning at 8 am EST / 5 am PST with a spot in the semifinals at stake.

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on". That's my problem really'. "I had my chances and I blew it".

As a result, the Canadian's run at Wimbledon ended in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.

Anderson put up a bit more resistance in the second and even became the first this Wimbledon to break Federer's serve. With Anderson serving, Federer held a match point at 4-5, 30-40 - but Anderson rallied back to win the game.

And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators' cries of "Let's go, Roger!" echoed through the shadows, everything came apart for the eight-time champion against an opponent who'd never beaten him before nor made it this far at the All England Club.

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