Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.

That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

Anderson's big serve and power seemed to bother Federer, who never seemed quite right.

Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals and was imperious in the opening set.

Federer double-faulted on 30-30, then drove a shot into the net on 40-30 to turn the advantage to Anderson. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.

Anderson held his nerve with his relentless and powerful serve win the fourth and send the rip-roaring contest into an unlikely fifth and deciding set.

Normal service was resumed for a while at least as Federer held to love before immediately breaking back and taking the ensuing tie-break. You can't plan for them anyway because one point can change the outcome of a set.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.

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It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net.

Nadal hasn't made the Wimbledon quarterfinals since his finals appearance in 2011.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headline the men's quarterfinal lineup at Wimbledon on Wednesday as the trio bid to all reach the last four at the same Grand Slam for the time since the 2012 French Open. Then he showed that he is top 30 after all, he played two good sets after that.

"By the end, I thought I did a great job of not thinking about things too much".

"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said. 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. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".

The only player with a superior head-to-head record over both grand slam giants, Djokovic has warned he's finally approaching his own brilliant best after an utterly unexpected two-year major title drought.

With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital. "I was in the flow of the match", eighth seed Anderson said.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response.

"He said he thinks it damaged the court". Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. I think that's not fair. "I can't see him losing to Nishikori other than the fact that Novak hasn't had success in slams for a while".

"That was very important", he added.

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