Wimbledon: Roger Federer shocked in 5 sets by Kevin Anderson

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports

Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.

He also entered Wednesday's match with two streaks at the All England Club: 34 consecutive sets won and 85 straight service games without being broken.

In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.

"I think I just love being around here". Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember. South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer.

What an upset. This one had a taste of an easy victory after the first two sets.

Anderson, the first South African to reach the last eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994, was steadfast though and did what no man had done at Wimbledon since last year's semi-final when he broke Federer's serve early in the second set. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.

He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies.

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Anderson, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open in his best finish at a Grand Slam, clinched the third set with an ace against Federer.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them.

The victor of this one will face either John Isner or Milos Raonic in the semifinals on Friday.

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.

World number one Rafael Nadal takes on Argentine Juan Martin del Potro directly after Djokovic's match on Centre Court, and Brit Andy Murray, who misses the tournament through injury, cited the decision to have two games staged back to back was the correct one. "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. I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

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