Roger Federer reacts to shock Wimbledon exit after Kevin Anderson defeat

The eight-time champion was two sets up and had a match point in the third, but nearly three hours later he trudged off on the end of a seismic 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 upset.

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

In the semifinals, Anderson will face the victor of the matchup between American John Isner, the No. 9 seed, and Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 13 seed. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already (smiling). "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match", Anderson said.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing".

'Today was one of those days. If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes.

As it stands, it looks like it very well could be a repeat of the classic 2008 Wimbledon final where Nadal and Federer face each other in the final and rekindle memories of what is arguably the greatest tennis match of all time.

But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes. He had brushed aside all four challengers en route to Anderson, including winning the first set of his Round 4 match against Adrian Mannarino in just 16 minutes.

Anderson admitted he was "unsettled" in the opening exchanges, but though two sets down, with his serve under-par, Anderson then re-tuned and started to cause Federer all sorts of trouble, both with his serve and from the baseline.

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

But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open.

"He's not going to stay around forever but there's no reason for him not to come back one more year at least". "Of course, it's important for me to be in these quarter-finals".

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers.

He saved a match point at 4-5 when Federer missed a forehand, then broke to serve for the third set.

While Nadal, who has lost his last five encounters against Federer with four of them coming in 2017, would be excited about a meeting with the Swiss legend, he also would prefer to face anyone else to better his chances of a third Wimbledon title.

Federer eventually cracked at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion hit a weary-looking forehand halfway up the net.

In the hunt for a record-extending 9th Wimbledon title, Roger Federer has bowed out at the quarter-final stage this evening.

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