Anderson shocks top-ranked Federer at Wimbledon

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Wimbledon

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He'd played all his matches last year and the first four this year at the All England Club's main arena.

Anderson can also take heart from the fact that he upset the history books in his round of 16 encounter against Frenchman Gael Monfils. But Anderson held his nerve to level up and then produced a remarkable surge in form to take Federer deep into the fifth set. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

Djokovic has had a hard two years but is beginning to look and feel a lot more like his old self again.

The eighth seed ended Federer's Wimbledon set streak at 34 - one short of what would have been a new record - having earlier become the first man to break the Swiss' serve this fortnight.

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But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.

All eyes were on the fifth and final set of the match. He even asked Federer if they could exchange notes on cricket and tennis after the latter won his ninth Wimbledon title. In the penultimate game, Federer hit a shot that went close to the line, the crowd gasped but Anderson was able to get the ball back in play. A flourishing Federer backhand put him 4-2 up before a similarly impressive forehand gave him three set points, taking the third following a pair of uncharacteristic errors. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember. "The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me". I couldn't really get the rallies going the way I wanted to, especially 1-2 punch wasn't working at all.

Two-time champion Nadal is through to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

The Wimbledon quarter-final comes as a big test to Djokovic and Nishikori, both of whom had battled injury concerns in the last season and the beginning of the ongoing season.

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Federer said: "I told my team the other day that for me also, after all these years, it is surprising to be the No 1 seed, in the top two in the rankings at 36". That it happened to be in straights it helps me for the season, to save energy, it helps me to save energy for the rest of the tournament.

"He said he thinks it damaged the court".

"I think I had chances, I'm not sure exactly how many".

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"That was very important", he added.

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