Wimbledon Roger Federer feels terrible after shock exit to Kevin Anderson

"I was able to scrape through that third set and the fourth set and by the end I thought I did a great job of not thinking about things too much".

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.

"Facing off that match point, then getting a break the next minute, I´m like, I´ve got the third set in the bag".

Serving at 5-6, Anderson fell behind Love-30, which put Federer two points form defeat.

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

LONDON: Kevin Anderson told South African youngsters to "stick to their dreams" and follow in his footsteps after he knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon on Wednesday. Flying under the radar, he saw off Norbert Gombos, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils en route to the quarterfinals, dropping just two sets in the process.

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.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". Raonic never broke Isner's serve, and while Isner broke Raonic's serve just three times, it was just enough to move on.

After a four-hour, five-set epic that saw the fifth set go 24 games, and despite knocking out defending champion Roger Federer, the man with the coolest head in Wimbledon post-match was Kevin Anderson.

Anderson took his opportunity, despite having to save three break points, to seal it in majestic fashion with an ace. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break.

DJOKOVIC THROUGH Novak Djokovic, the three-time champion, showed Centre Court's capacity crowd a fair reflection of the player he was two summers ago.

Asked how important it was for his own campaign to be scheduled on Centre Court, Djokovic said: 'Yes, very important.

"Sometimes you don't feel good, and you try your best. I think I had my chances, so it's disappointing". That's my problem really, the 36-year-old said.

Nadal reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 after defeating Jiri Vesely in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Monday.

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself. He missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury.

Rafael Nadal has a bit of that on his side, with the world No.1 the sole player from the top seven in the men's rankings to reach the semi-finals.

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