Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Federer needed only 16 minutes to win the first set against Mannarino

Federer needed only 16 minutes to win the first set against Mannarino

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his forehead against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men's Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018 in London, England.

The gentleman player, who authored a spirited turn around on Court No.1 pulled off a 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 win in 4 hours and 14 minutes. And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major tournament after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago.

It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

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.

"It would take an unbelievable serving performance and for Roger had a bad serving day to cause an upset".

For only the fifth time (and third in 269 Grand Slam matches), Federer squandered a two-sets to love lead.

Anderson is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Not Roger Federer, certainly not the 11,393 fans who had tickets for No 1 Court and probably not Kevin Anderson, who played the match of his life.

Anderson was sticking to his guns, though, and after saving match point the eighth seed secured another break of the Federer serve and snatched a set back.

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.

Stunned and defeated, the loss ended Federer's run toward a record ninth Wimbledon title.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. I scraped through the third and fourth sets.

Anderson's serve is highly respected at this level, but he managed to meet the mark with an average of only 56 per cent of his first serves over the first two sets.

"You are reluctant to write Roger off - just the way that he moves around the court and he stays injury free", said the Australian, who won the title in 1987.

While Federer started out strong, besting Anderson 6-2 and 7-6 in the first few sets, his dominance became less complete as play went on.

There was little sign of the drama which unfolded when Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes.

He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies.

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