Wimbledon - Roger Federer squanders huge lead against Kevin Anderson

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Eight-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, was two sets up and with a match point in the third set but Kevin Anderson stayed grounded and took the match in five sets, 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-4 13-11. Honestly, I think I love being around here. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today. "I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it", said Florida-based Anderson who is applying for USA citizenship. He also appeared to benefit from the lack of a tiebreaker in the fifth set, as the 36-year-old Swiss wore down over the course of the four-hour-plus contest, reports Efe. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already". Today was one of those days. "I'm feeling the ball well", the Swiss said.

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In fact, the eight-time champion had not been broken at this year's championships until Anderson finally won a returning game, ending a run of 85 consecutive holds.

Anderson's comeback victory is only the second time Federer has lost at Wimbledon after leading by two sets, following a quarter-final defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating.

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Federer was given a rare outing on Court One having been switched from his usual Centre Court domain for the first time in three years.

Federer took control of the tie-break and, despite missing a couple of opportunities before clinching the second set, it looked likely he would not only make the last four but also create a new record of winning 35 successive sets at SW19.

But the South African Anderson held his nerve and then broke to seal the set 7-5 and then won the fourth 6-4 as his serve proved increasingly dominant.

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The match entered epic proportions in the fifth before Anderson sealed the decisive break at 11-11.

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"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some awesome points", said 2008 and 2010 champion Nadal.

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He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all.

Djokovic, who leads his epic head-to-head rivalry with Nadal 26-25, reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", said Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 French Open.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

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"In our overall record, I didn't think of it like that", Anderson responded when asked if the fact that he had never before won a set against Federer had played on his mind.