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12 July 2018, 12:05 | Charlene Valdez
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Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.
It was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.
Anderson, a 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, is now looking good going into the semifinal against either Canada's Milos Raonic or U.S. competitor John Isner.
"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".
Roger Federer (left) leaves the court after losing his Wimbledon quarter-final match against Kevin Anderson. "I just kept telling myself this will be my day". "I couldn't really get the rallies going the way I wanted to, especially the 1-2 punch wasn't working at all today". You need that mindset against Roger.
"I always say I was in the same position, it's not easy coming from South Africa, it's very far from the tennis scene".
Federer took the first two sets and then the South African returned strongly to take the third and fourth sets.
Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history. 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.
The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men's grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of.
Gaining in confidence, Anderson took care of Federer 6-4 in the fourth, setting up a do-or-die fifth set.
There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve that Federer could not handle.
Anderson stayed in the match thanks to his serving, compiling 28 aces.
When Anderson broke in the second set it was the first time the Swiss had dropped serve at this Wimbledon.
While Federer's stunning loss has denied tennis fans the possibility of another blockbuster final showdown with his great rival Nadal, Anderson now has the opportunity to go one better than his charge to last year's US Open title decider.
Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year.
But he lost his rhythm at the start of the second set as Anderson made his move.
Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.
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