Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer is yet to lose his serve this fortnight

Anderson held his nerve with his relentless and powerful serve win the fourth and send the rip-roaring contest into an unlikely fifth and deciding set.

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.

Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

'Obviously not much explaining playing Federer; a great opponent, the greatest grass player of all time.

That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon, equalling his own record set between 2005 and 2006.

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

US Open finalist Anderson, who became the first South African man to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983, said: "Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

"It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam".

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As Francona explained after the game, the mishap occurred when he called the bullpen to start warming up the next reliever. It's not that O-T can't get the job done, but it probably wasn't the best matchup". "I've got to be responsible for that".

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He sank a five-foot birdie putt at the fourth and one twice as long at the fifth before dropping a 32-footer at the sixth. Kraft birdied the last for an even par 70 and solo second place ahead of compatriots Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak.

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Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers. He's been showing season in, season out that he's one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on". Beating Roger Federer will be one to remember, certainly in such a close match.

"I just kept telling myself to keep believing, and that today it would be my day". You need that mindset against Roger.

And, despite his two-set advantage, the 20-times grand slam victor never looked entirely comfortable, despite having never previously lost a set to Anderson in four other meetings. The tennis begins at about 2.10pm with the football kicking off at 4pm.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

"I don't think it really mattered, to be honest". Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. I think that's not fair. He's always like a big war for me.

That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well.

"That was very important", he added. I've played Gael a few times, this was the first time I was able to beat him.

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