Off-Centre Federer gives Anderson hope: Wilander

Off-Centre Federer gives Anderson hope: Wilander

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had not dropped a set against the tall South African in their four previous meetings, but after Anderson saved a match point in the 10th game, a couple of errant forehands from Federer enabled the eighth seed to serve for the third set.

Kevin Anderson rallied from two sets down to shock Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 and move into the Wimbledon 2018 semi-finals on Wednesday after a four-hour war on Court No. 1.

Despite being a three-time champion, Djokovic has featured just once on Centre Court - against British home favourite Kyle Edmund in the last 32 - in the opening four rounds.

"Federer departs Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage and in the slightly odd surroundings of the No 1 court".

Anderson, who won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in December, will face either Milos Raonic or John Isner for a place in Sunday's final.

The South African will play in his first Wimbledon quarter-final against a player who's won the tournament a record eight times. You have to have that mindset. "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 felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it", Djokovic said.

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Tendulkar further wished Federer for the tournament and hoped to catch up with him in next year's Wimbledon.

The battle between the two big-servers will start on Court 1 after the first quarter-final between Federer and Anderson.

Like Nadal, who could strike Djokovic in the semis, Federer hasn't dropped during his charge to a 16th Wimbledon quarter-final, nearly surely a staggering record that will never be surpassed.

Nor had anyone over the last 34 sets Federer had played at the All England Club, until Anderson nicked the third.

The world number 40 was unable to mount a response this time and evidence fortune was in the Serbian's favour came on his second of two set points when a Khachanov slip enabled him to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

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.

Earlier on Centre Court, Djokovic overcame Nishikori and his own bad behavior (twice smacked with code violations for racket abuse and a time violation) to become the first to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

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