London: Roger Federer lost from two sets up for just the fifth time in his career as he was stunned by Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Eighth seed Anderson pulled off the biggest upset of the championships to dump defending champion Federer out in a five-set epic that lasted four hours and 14 minutes and developed into the match of the men’s draw so far.
The South African totally ripped away the aura of invincibility Federer has had at SW19 this year as he produced the performance of his life to march into his first ever Wimbledon semi-final.
Anderson became the first person to break Federer at SW19 this year and then ended his run of consecutive sets as he forced the match into a decider. Federer was playing on No.1 Court for the first time since 2015, initially looked right at home and like his return would be a brief one.
He took the first set in just 26 minutes but was rattled and looked uncomfortable after Anderson broke him in the second, ending a run of 85 successful service games for the eight-times champion.