Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but Kevin Anderson-the 6-foot-8 ball smasher from South Africa-saved that break point and went on to win the set. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.
Anderson will take on the victor of Milos Raonic and American John Isner. It was a match Federer could, probably should, have won and yet he will now leave here wondering - probably like everyone else - how many more chances he will get to add to his eight Wimbledon titles. "I couldn't really get the rallies going the way I wanted to, especially the 1-2 punch wasn't working at all today". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger. "Matches likes that are very special".
Federer fell to 266-3 in career Grand Slam matches where he won the first two sets.
The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016. Federer matched his own record of winning 34 straight sets at this year's Wimbledon, but Anderson came for him on their third round and found his own edge.
Kevin Anderson took deep breaths, big gulps of the early-evening air as he paced the court, preparing to serve for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.
Anderson stayed in the match thanks to his serving, compiling 28 aces.
"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.
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He moved up to No. 10 in the world rankings in 2015 and later advanced to the final of the U.S. Open in 2017, where he lost in three sets to Rafael Nadal.
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Eyeing a ninth title at The All England Club, Federer ultimately paid the price for being unable to convert any more than three of 12 break-point chances in the four-hour, 14-minute cliffhanger on Court One.
He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set.
Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.
"Down match-point, and two sets to love, I just tried my best".
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash says he does not believe this defeat necessarily signals the end for Federer.