Anderson shocks top-ranked Federer at Wimbledon

Anderson shocks top-ranked Federer at Wimbledon

With Thursday's other two quarter-finals between world No.1 Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro and three-time champion Djokovic against Kei Nishikori given star billing, the titleholder was shunted off Wimbledon's Centre Court for the first time in three years - and 21 matches.

Asked if losing to Anderson would spur him to return and make amends next year, Federer hinted he didn't plan to walk away just yet.

Defending champion Roger Federer has looked his usual confident and frankly unbeatable self thus far at Wimbledon.

The last time he won as many consecutive sets was in 2005 and 2006 at the height of his dominance. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

This was not vintage Federer, even in the first set which he won handily. Not only has he yet to drop a set through four matches at the All-England Club this year, but he hasn't had his serve broken, and it wasn't until his last match against Adrian Mannarino that he faced his first break point.

It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak.

The world's No. 2 ranked player was up 5-4 in the third set and had match point before the eighth-seeded Anderson rallied back to level the sets with a 7-5 victory in the third and winning 6-4 in the fourth set.

Given the above-mentioned statistics, it's clear Anderson is a massive underdog against Federer.

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Eighth-seed Anderson completed an audacious comeback against the unlikeliest of foes to suffer one at SW19 on Wednesday when he turned a two-set deficit around to emerge the victor in a four-hour struggle.

Isner is hoping he might have some presidential support should he reach the semi-finals, with Donald Trump due to visit the United Kingdom later this week.

Not only is Federer the best of all time on the Wimbledon grass, and not only is Anderson historically not great on the grass (he's never been to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before this year), but the 32-year-old South African has never won a set off Fed-Ex anywhere. "Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth". Isner responded with an ace on that occasion and then went on to take the fourth set.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember". You need that mindset against Roger.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon on July 11.

There was success for Britain, meanwhile, in the doubles, with Joe Salisbury, partnering former champion Freddie Nielsen, and Dominic Inglot, with Franko Skugor, through to the men's doubles semi-finals, but Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are out.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw. I just kept saying "today is going to be your day". I think people can see that and can feel that.

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