Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

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Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his forehead against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men's Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018 in London, England. "I nearly could have".

Back to deuce. From there, it all began to change.

Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.

The comeback was just beginning.

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

That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon, equalling his own record set between 2005 and 2006. After that, Federer began to struggle and Anderson unloaded his swings on every shot. But there was more.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember. That's the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player". He was, after all, the runner-up at last year's U.S. Open.

Federer had been pursuing a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and a 44th appearance in the last four of a grand slam.

Federer seemed rattled and his forehand began to look vulnerable and it was that stroke which allowed Anderson a decisive break of serve at 3-3 in the fourth.

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds. "It's a good vibe", Federer said.

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Gaining in confidence, Anderson took care of Federer 6-4 in the fourth, setting up a do-or-die fifth set.

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

Anderson will now move into his first semi-finals at the tournament; taking on the victor of John Isner and Milos Raonic for a place in a final against what may be Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

Interviewed by Sky Sport, the eight-time champion Andre Agassi himself admitted that he would like to see the epic clash: 'This would be for the history books, for everybody. Federer has won all four of the previous head-to-head matchups, most recently taking down Anderson 6-1, 6-1 at the 2015 Cincinnati Masters.

Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon after a marathon five-set shoot-out with big-serving Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

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

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

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

"I scraped through the third and fourth sets and by the end I thought I did a great job". I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", said Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 French Open. "I don't want to stop here. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

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