Roger Federer on Wimbledon defeat: ‘I feel horribly tired and just awful’

Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

Wednesday's other quarterfinals will pit Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro, while American John Isner will take on Canada's Milos Raonic for a semifinal berth.

Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been relegated to court one as Novak Djokovic got his wish to play on Centre Court later today.

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing". You have to have that mindset. If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. "Matches likes that are very special".

The previously unlikely prospect of Anderson completing an unbelievable recovery appeared a more realistic possibility when he ensured the increasingly frustrated eight-time champion would have to go the distance to reach the last four.

Kevin Anderson told South African youngsters to "stick to their dreams" and follow in his footsteps after he knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon on Wednesday. "Making the semis, beating Roger Federer is something special, something I will remember", Anderson said.

Federer was the heavy favourite to lift a record ninth title at the All England Club but struggled to make a dent in the Anderson serve, with the eighth seed playing the match of his life.

Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history.

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But his run at Wimbledon might have come as a surprise even to Anderson, who had never made it past the fourth round prior to this year and lost in the first round of the grass-court event at Queen's Club last month.

Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals without dropping a set for the eighth time and was imperious in the opening set in which he hit 10 winners and only three unforced errors.

The remarkable upset moves the 32-year-old Anderson one step closer to his first Major championship.

Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers. After fighting back from match point and love-40 on his serve to take the third set, the South African broke Federer in the seventh game of the fourth set.

The Swiss maestro swept away his opponent Adrian Manarinno in three sets, but it was a nonchalant flow of the racket in the third set which caught the eyes of willow-lovers.

"It's disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match points", said Federer.

Anderson spurned the chance for another break when he rammed a forehand into the net and was forced to settle for a tiebreak after Federer recovered from 30-0 down in the final game of the set.

A Federer double fault at 11-11 in the fifth opened up the door to the lone break of the decider and Anderson closed it out with a massive serve to reach a first Wimbledon semifinal.

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