Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals

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Defending champion Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title are over after he let slip a two-set lead as he lost to No 8 seed Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss refused to blame his surprise defeat on the decision to play the match on Court One rather than his customary Centre Court stage at the All England Club.

He was leading by two sets and 5-4 in the third when, with Anderson serving, he got to Ad-Out.

Anderson, meanwhile, eventually overcame Monfils 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/2) 5-7 7-6 (7/4) to set up a clash with Federer.

That matched his own record, set back back in 2006. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

"It's definitely helped a certain style of player, maybe the big servers", said 20-time major victor Federer.

Anderson's comeback started here, however, and the South African found his distance with the serve to win back-to-back sets and level.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

'It's just not one of my best days, but they don't happen very often either.

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The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

A Federer double fault at 11-11 in the fifth opened up the door to the lone break of the decider and Anderson closed it out with a massive serve to reach a first Wimbledon semifinal.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

"I scraped through the third and fourth sets and by the end I thought I did a great job".

Funny, sweet conversations on Twitter is not a new thing, but a chat between Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and star Indian Batsman Sachin Tendulkar is something one can not miss.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms. As the match went on, I gave it my all.

Three-time champion Djokovic, who hasn't won a Grand Slam since French Open in 2016, seems to have hit peak form at the right time.

The Wimbledon legend was relegated because Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were put on Centre Court.

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