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Former Illini star Kevin Anderson stuns top seed Roger Federer at Wimbledon

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"It's disappointing, being up two-sets to love and having a match point".

- Roger Federer crashed out of the Wimbledon quarterfinals after relinquishing a two-set lead to Kevin Anderson and not converting a match point.

Anderson continued to grow in confidence and stature as the match wore on, holding his nerve to earn his first win over Federer in five attempts. I nearly could have. It's Federer's earliest exit from Wimbledon since 2013.

Former University of IL tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis. "Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match", Anderson said.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing".

It will be the 31-year-old's first semifinal at a Major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

Canada's Milos Raonic grimaces after being hit in the shoulder by a ball.

Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion, was forced out of the 2014 U.S. Open with an injury, clearing Federer's side of the draw for what appeared to be a cakewalk to an inevitable final against Novak Djokovic. Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

Federer's match point arrived when Anderson served at 4-5 in the third but, with the South African looming at the net, he made a hash of an attempted backhand pass.

"But at the same time, I have to recover and still hopefully have two more matches to play".

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But Anderson had found his game, going unbroken on serve through the last three sets en route to his first Wimbledon semifinal. The final game was an extensive nail-biter, with Anderson ultimately winning out 13-11. "I feel horribly worn out", he said.

"I was very happy that I got off to the right start of the match, was able to take control somewhat of the game". While Federer in the quarter-final on Wednesday smashed only 16 aces, Anderson beat him there with 28 and that did make a difference eventually in the result. Anderson leveled for 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10.

Even the ICC got involved, temporarily ranking Federer as the world's leading Test batsman.

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

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". Depends against who you play you have less or more chances to win.

Two-time champion Nadal is through to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.

Nadal, who has made the quarter-finals without dropping a set, takes a 10-5 winning record over Del Potro into his quarter-final.

Federer was the firm favourite to triumph in SW19 this year and win a record-breaking ninth Wimbledon title.

"I wouldn't call it "unfinished business".

"I didn't feel mental fatigue". I felt like I did some good business here in the past already So I'm all right. German Julia Görges and two-time Grand Slam victor Angelique Kerber vs. 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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