Roger Federer stunned at Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer stunned at Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson

From there, Anderson came all the way back, shocking Federer with a 13-11 triumph in the fifth and final set, capping off the four-plus hour match with a bullet serve up the middle that Federer returned long.

The Swiss had led by two sets to love and had a match point but collapsed late in a lengthy decider to crash out 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-6 11-13 in a contest that lasted more than four hours.

It is the first time since 2015 that the eight-time champion will play away from Centre Court.

Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

Anderson, meanwhile, is coming off a four-set win over Gael Monfils that saw three of those sets go to a tiebreaker. After a marathon final set, a double fault on Federer in the 23rd game was ultimately what did in the No. 1 player.

Roger Federer thinks a scheduling clash between the World Cup and Wimbledon is football's issue, and not something tennis should be worrying about. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

Anderson went up 40-15 on Federer in the 24th and final game of the fifth set before closing out the match with an ace, denying Federer a shot at his ninth Wimbledon title.

Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.

Federer saved one but could only flail a forehand into the net on the second, with his exasperation becoming evident as Anderson subsequently held to love.

The women's semi-finals are set for Thursday. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 156kph second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 214kph ace. Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10.

Djokovic is a 12-time major champion who's been in something of a rut, due to right elbow troubles that lasted more than a year until he finally had surgery in February.

Nadal exited in the fourth round last year to Gilles Muller, but having made the quarterfinals this year, the 32-year-old extended his lead over Federer in the ATP rankings by 180 points. "As exciting as it is, I feel like I'm doing a good job of keeping it in perspective". Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match.

"I just kept on telling myself "I have to keep believing". That's the mindset you need against someone like Roger. I gave it my all.

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. Playing Japan's Kei Nishikori, the Serb, seeded 12, dominated the rallies to move into the last four.

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

"He said he thinks it damaged the court".

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