Roger Federer became the first favourite to be knocked out of Wimbledon’s Mens Singles tournament, after losing to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson by three sets to two.
The news came as shock to everyone witnessing the four-hour, 14 minutes encounter, as they saw the world number one drop a two-set lead and struggle to recover against his opponent.
After finishing the first four sets evenly; 6-2, 7-6, 5-7, 4-6, the final set went down to the wire as the two quarter-finalists refused to give the game away. It took the 8th seeded player 13 games to end the defending champion’s campaign and reach the furthest Wimbledon point in his career to face John Isner from the United States.
Federer, who did not drop a single set on his route to the quarter-finals, said: "It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow… I almost could have. I should have."
In return, Anderson reflected on his hard fought victory by saying: "I just kept on telling myself, 'I have to keep believing.' I kept saying that today was going to be my day… because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger."
The 32-year-old is going to try to imitate his US Open run - that saw him reach the tournament’s final - in order to face either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal who will be playing in the other semi-final.