Wimbledon: Roger Federer shocked in 5 sets by Kevin Anderson

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"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing".

Federer was the heavy favourite to lift a record ninth title at the All England Club but struggled to make a dent in the Anderson serve, with the eighth seed playing the match of his life. 'Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.

How hard was it to see this coming? But there was more. Beating Roger Federer will be one to remember, certainly in such a close match.

This was not vintage Federer, even in the first set which he won handily.

Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

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

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

Not that Anderson is anything other than an elite tennis player. The 2017 U.S. Open runner-up triumphed in 4 hours and 14 minutes.

When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes.

"Down match-point, and two sets to love, I just tried my best".

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.

Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor, and raised both arms overhead.

Federer found himself scheduled on Court One having been ousted from his usual Centre Court domain for the first time in three years.

Federer fell to 266-3 in career Grand Slam matches where he won the first two sets.

Now, at age 32, he has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

The South African dug deep after warding off match-point and broke the Swiss in the 11th game of the third set before closing out with an ace in the 12th.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd. By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening.

Later, Ramos warned Djokovic for a time violation, but that didn't seem to faze the Serb.

He faces fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who has reached the last eight at consecutive Grand Slams for the first time since 2012.

"I was actually playing really high-quality tennis, having a few sniffs on his serve, nearly felt my mind wondering, Well, maybe I can do this".

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