Roger Federer stunned by Kevin Anderson in five-set Wimbledon thriller

Roger Federer stunned by Kevin Anderson in five-set Wimbledon thriller

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

"Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match", Anderson said.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including previous year.

Nadal faces the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon while Federer takes on US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.

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.

"I think psychologically there's a huge difference for Anderson to play on Court One rather then Centre", the Swede, working as Eurosport's chief analyst, told Reuters.

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"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do".

"I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting", Anderson told the BBC.

The surprise switch could give Anderson heart though, according to former world number one Mats Wilander, as the South African has played several matches on Court One. The Serb defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets, but if the match had gone to a fourth set, it would have probably been postponed until Tuesday. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

It was the second time Federer dropped a two-set lead at Wimbledon - after a reverse to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 - and the fifth time he lost at a major when holding a match point.

"Sure, it's disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points". He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies. Although Federer's forehand was getting more erratic with each passing game, it seemed Anderson had too big a moment to climb. I went with the flow of my routines and everything that I have to do to get myself ready for the match, if I get to play today. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight. I didn't think that was ever going to happen.

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