Roger Federer suffers shock Wimbledon loss to Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer suffers shock Wimbledon loss to Kevin Anderson

Anderson didn't even face a break point in the fifth set.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos. I nearly could have.

Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, July 11.

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"Not quite sure what to say right now", Anderson, 32 and a former University of IL standout. Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open past year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass. Federer broke Anderson's serve three times, but never did so after the second set.

The victor of this one will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday.

Isner famously played in Wimbledon's longest-ever match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, but he had never been past the third round at the All England Club until this year.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic had played just one of his first four matches on Centre but requested to be moved for his meeting with Japan's Nishikori.

However, the 31-year-old Serbian raced through the third and fourth sets to advance in two hours and 34 minutes.

Federer missed a break point at 4-3 in the decider and, as he continued to make forehand errors, Anderson's unwavering focus looked to be tipping the match in his favour.

He also holds a 4-0 career lead over 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson who has yet to take a set off the Swiss.

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"I had my chances", Federer said, "so it's disappointing".

"I felt good actually".

Nishikori fought hard, but the signs of wear and tear from playing a foe of Djokovic's quality became apparent when he dropped three breaks in the fourth, decisive set, running out of steam opposite a relentless force. I felt I was really in the flow of the match. "One of those average days you have to try and win the match, and I couldn't get it done today".

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.

Next up for Anderson is a semifinal on Friday against John Isner, the American ninth seed, who won the battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic on Wednesday.

Nadal said Federer's vacation stunk of "controversy" and implied that the veteran was avoiding him on his preferred surface, clay.

"Maybe the losses hurt more [at Wimbledon]", he said.

"It motivates me to (be here every year) and do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

"It's always like a big war for me", said Nishikori on facing Djokovic.

"I am peaking at the right moment".

Wimbledon continues Thursday with the women's semifinals: Serena Williams vs.