Roger Federer suffers shock Wimbledon defeat

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WIMBLEDON, England-The unthinkable has happened at Wimbledon: Roger Federer, the defending champion, lost in the quarterfinals after leading two sets to none.

The eight-time champion was two sets up and had a match point in the third, but nearly three hours later he trudged off on the end of a seismic 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 upset.

Federer, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Court One for the first time in three years, oozed confidence as early as the opening game when he broke Anderson's huge serve easily and then again in the ninth game before serving out the set in 26 minutes.

Anderson ultimately prevailed 13-11 in the fifth, but Federer says that took him completely by surprise following serene progress to the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Having blitzed through his first four matches with barely a bead of sweat despite the unusually hot weather of this year's Wimbledon, Federer was generally expected to cruise past Anderson, not least since he had won all four of their previous meetings, all in straight sets.

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" I'm feeling the ball well".

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone and became visibly frustrated as eighth seed Anderson refused to surrender.

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And he did not disappoint with a battling performance reminiscent of days gone by, even if he did fall out with umpire Carlos Ramos. "I guess there was definitely a moment at some point".

Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semi-finals, where he will meet Rafael Nadal.

"Obviously I'm very ecstatic to get through that match", 32-year-old Anderson said.

Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open a year ago, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass. I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around.

"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. But then fourth and fifth, obviously the fifth was long, that's like two sets, the fifth. He got what he needed when he had to. It's a big chance for me to face Rafa. All credit to Anderson, he hung in there and somehow won the third. "But hopefully I have two more matches to play". I wouldn't call it unfinished business.

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition.

Not that Anderson is anything other than an elite tennis player.

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