Kevin Anderson ousts eight-time champion Roger Federer from Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Roger Federer's Wimbledon title defence is over following a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to an inspired Kevin Anderson on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

Bumped to Court 1 for the first time this tournament, Federer suffered away from the home comforts of Centre and missed a match point in the third set.

This was Federer's earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

Anderson will take on the victor of the quarter-final clash between former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and ninth-ranked John Isner.

Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years. You need that mindset against Roger.

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The only player with a superior head-to-head record over both grand slam giants, Djokovic has warned he's finally approaching his own brilliant best after an utterly unexpected two-year major title drought. "Now I feel horribly worn out and just very bad", Federer said.

On a related note, Roger Federer is slated to play his Wimbledon quarter-final against South-African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

But Federer offered a contrasting view in his media conference following a 6-0 7-5 6-4 fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.

Federer and Nadal are favourites to meet in Sunday's final - 10 years after their epic 2008 showdown - but Wilander believes Del Potro could throw a spanner in the works. Every set won by Anderson required an extra game to determine the victor.

But, turning 37 in less than a month, Federer refused to blame fatigue after giving up a two-set advantage for the first time since doing so seven years ago against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open.

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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.

Federer seemed to be heading for a routine victory with match point to complete a straights set win in the third.

"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said.

A delicate half-volley gave Federer the opening set in 26 minutes, but two games into the second Anderson had the initiative, snatching the first of two break points as he turned up the power, the world number two netting a backhand.

"I don't think it really mattered, to be honest".

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Ask anyone rooting for England in the World Cup , and they'll tell you, " It's coming home ". He said: "I didn't feel nervous or anything like that".

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

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