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Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself. "Making the semis, beating Roger Federer is something special, something I will remember", Anderson said.

If you want to win Wimbledon, you need a bit of luck to go your way.

But you also have to work very hard, and Nadal has that quality in spades. "Matches likes that are very special".

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

Kevin Anderson took deep breaths, big gulps of the early-evening air as he paced the court, preparing to serve for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Kevin Anderson, left, rallied from two sets down to deny Roger Federer's bid to win his ninth Wimbledon title this year.

Federer is now 266-3 after winning the first two sets.

The South African is through to the last eight for the first time, and he said: 'Playing somebody like Roger Federer is going to be a great experience.

Yet once he had ended Federer's run of holding serve for 85 consecutive games - a streak dating back to last year's semi-final - Anderson's confidence soared.

It took four hours and 13 minutes, but it did indeed become Anderson's day.

When he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open previous year, he was the first South African man in a Slam final since Curren at the 1984 Australian Open.

Federer found himself scheduled on Court One having been ousted from his usual Centre Court domain for the first time in three years.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

"The fans on Court One will love seeing [Federer], maybe Centre Court ticket holders will be upset, but they have two brilliant matches to look forward to".

But he lost his rhythm at the start of the second set as Anderson made his move.

Federer is a ideal 12-0 in Sets thus far and a flawless 4-0 in Matches at Wimbledon 2018.

Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers.

Anderson staved off Federer's first and only attempt at match point, trailing 5-4 in the third set, before winning the game to tie the set at 5-5 and ultimately winning the next game to take a 6-5 lead.

It was the 10 game in the third set.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Crucially he saved match point in the third, with Federer's misfiring forehand letting him down, and then took it to a final set, where he eventually broke Federer and served out to a 13-11 win in the fifth.

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