Roger Federer loses five-set match to Kevin Anderson

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File: Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their men's singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.

Kevin Anderson told South African youngsters to "stick to their dreams" and follow in his footsteps after he knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

Next up for Anderson is a semi-final on Friday against either John Isner, the ninth seeded American.

"I just kept on telling myself, 'I have to keep believing.' I kept saying that today was going to be my day, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger", Anderson said.

Not only is Federer the best of all time on the Wimbledon grass, and not only is Anderson historically not great on the grass (he's never been to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before this year), but the 32-year-old South African has never won a set off Fed-Ex anywhere.

"I think in a way I've earned the right to play the quarter on Centre, we've put the request in to the organisers", Djokovic said.

It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net.

It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

Already the owner of the most Wimbledon titles-eight-in history, Federer is playing like he's going to add another to his resume.

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Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. After beating Monfils in a tight four-set battle, Anderson said he was exhausted after playing for three hours and 29 minutes.

"The overall goal is try to win the tournament".

Federer eventually cracked at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion hit a weary-looking forehand halfway up the net.

"I think I just love being around here".

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

Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. Every set won by Anderson required an extra game to determine the victor.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Anderson's serve is highly respected at this level, but he managed to meet the mark with an average of only 56 per cent of his first serves over the first two sets.

There was little sign of the drama which unfolded when Federer raced through the first set in 26 minutes.

The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds.

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