Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match.

The former Illini outlasted top-ranked Roger Federer in a marathon Wimbledon quarterfinal match on Wednesday morning, rallying to win in five sets and advance to his first-ever semifinal appearance at the All England Club.

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 will take on the victor of Milos Raonic and American John Isner.

Kevin Anderson's in for a tough day at work.

The path is still open for Federer to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final if both players win their next two matches.

Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set.

Defending champion Roger Federer suffered the most shocking defeat of the tournament so far as he was knocked out by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Opening in typically dominant style, the 36-year-old Federer won the opening two sets; relinquishing a match-point in the third.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

It was the biggest shock in a tournament already brimming with surprises, especially as Joahannesburg-born Anderson had not even won a set in their four previous meetings.

Then in the 23rd game, at 11-all, 30-30 Federer blinked, sending down a double-fault and then drove a forehand into the net to allow his giant opponent to serve for a place in the semifinals.

'I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that. You need to go with that mindset against a player like Roger.

When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes. That compared with an average of 78 percent in the third and fourth sets, providing the spine that propped up his comeback on Court 1. In the penultimate game, Federer hit a shot that went close to the line, the crowd gasped but Anderson was able to get the ball back in play.

Djokovic is a 12-time major champion who's been in something of a rut, due to right elbow troubles that lasted more than a year until he finally had surgery in February.

That took great self-belief, he added, knowing that he had never taken a set off 20-time major victor Federer in four previous meetings.

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