The only other times that Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semifinal loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011. He is the 8th ranked player on the ATP World Tour, and will have a chance to elevate that over the next few days in England.
Federer, the eight-time champion, took the first two sets 6-2, 7-6 (5) on Court No. 1 to extend his streak of winning 34 straight sets at the All-England Club.
The Swiss maestro swept away his opponent Adrian Manarinno in three sets, but it was a nonchalant flow of the racket in the third set which caught the eyes of willow-lovers. "I think in hindsight that was a great decision", he recalled. Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.
"I just kept on telling myself "I have to keep believing". You need that mindset against Roger. "I just gave it my all and I'm ecstatic to get through that".
"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. I hopefully have two more matches to play in the tournament".
Any thought of the third being an anomaly was soon put to bed by Anderson in the fourth, a scorching forehand return giving him two break points.
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"I felt great in practice, good in the warm-up".
There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson's nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve Federer returned wide. The 6 ft 8' South African, who made the US Open final previous year, served out the set in the tenth game to push the quarterfinal into the decider.
Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.
Now, there is an ongoing mission to continue flying the South African flag in tennis. In the end, he threw up his hands when a Federer shot flew long.
Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year. Playing Japan's Kei Nishikori, the Serb, seeded 12, dominated the rallies to move into the last four. Raonic found himself hobbled in the fourth set, with Isner prevailing 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Federer, 36, was on a quest for his ninth Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam trophy overall. "I'm feeling the ball well", the Swiss said. I feel I'm peaking at the right time.
"I have already gotten tons of messages from support back home", Anderson said. I love this sport and I've been working hard and smart to get into shape for the big events, and nothing gets bigger than Wimbledon.
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