Roger Federer falls to Kevin Anderson in four-hour five-set epic

Roger Federer reacts during his stunning Wimbledon loss to Kevin AndersonMore

Roger Federer reacts during his stunning Wimbledon loss to Kevin AndersonMore

World number one Rafael Nadal takes on Argentine Juan Martin del Potro directly after Djokovic's match on Centre Court, and Brit Andy Murray, who misses the tournament through injury, cited the decision to have two games staged back to back was the correct one.

But if the IL men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

The 32-year-old is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.

But it will instead be the South African who faces John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semi-final and Federer will be left to lick his wounds and consider where it went wrong.

"Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job". Federer's forehand was inaccurate much of the day and he seemed bothered by Anderson's power.

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"The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me".

Anderson's attempt to serve out the set was not without drama but, though Federer brought up a break-back point, a searing cross-court backhand saved it and a forehand into the left corner secured a decider. Federer has won all four of the previous head-to-head matchups, most recently taking down Anderson 6-1, 6-1 at the 2015 Cincinnati Masters.

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Croatia thought they had won the match when Domagoj Vida rose to nod in a corner in the first period of extra time but Mario Fernandes headed home from a free-kick to pull Russian Federation level at 2-2.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion's confidence has been on display over the first four rounds.

"He is not particularly excited, but I think he has everything to go far". "That's my problem really". I had my chances and blew them.

I still felt like all he needed to do was give me a few second serves, finally pick the right sides again, things could change.

WIMBLEDON, England-The unthinkable has happened at Wimbledon: Roger Federer, the defending champion, lost in the quarterfinals after leading two sets to none.

He has a ideal straight-sets record, and comes into this match against last year's US Open semi-finalist Kevin Anderson in the knowledge that the South African has never won a set against him in four matches.

Federer had not dropped a set on his way to the quarter-finals and looked set to continue that run when he took the second set tie-break just 78 minutes into the contest. However, Djokovic is in some fine form, and his unbelievable movement on the grass coupled with his solid all-round game may well wear his opponent down on this occasion.

Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

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