Vanquished Federer to be back at Wimbledon

Roger Federer sweeps into the last-eight

Roger Federer sweeps into the last-eight

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

Federer extended his run of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 32 in a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino and still has not had his serve broken all tournament, although he was forced to save his first break points.

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.

It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including previous year.

The 20-time Grand Slam victor is aiming for a 13th Wimbledon semi-final and to extend his record for the most last four appearance at the All England Club in the Open Era, having taken sole ownership of the record from American Jimmy Connors during his 2017 title run.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion's confidence has been on display over the first four rounds.

Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the US or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.

Anderson will take on the victor of the quarter-final clash between former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and ninth-ranked John Isner.

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Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year.

Normally, if a big name like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer are on a practice court at Wimbledon, they get all the attention with fans lining up and clamoring for a view.

Djokovic has improved in every tournament in 2018, making it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarterfinal round of the French Open and now the semifinal round at Wimbledon.

Djokovic came through his most major test to date in the third round in impressive style, as he saw off home favourite Kyle Edmund in four sets. As the match went on, I gave it my all.

Novak Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday. I think that's not fair.

"I just kept on telling myself, 'I have to keep believing.' I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger", Anderson said. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

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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