Kevin Anderson, a former University of IL tennis player and the eighth-seed in this year's Wimbledon men's singles tournament, knocked out the top seed Roger Federer in five sets on Wednesday morning.
But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor.
The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.
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). But that turned out to be the least of his worries. I don't know if it had something to do with the breeze, just a bad day from my side, except the first set.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash.
Earlier, Federer responded via Twitter to Sachin Tendulkar and said he was keen on taking notes from the master blaster as soon as he could.
Eighth-seed Anderson saved a match point in the 10th game of the third set and grew in confidence against an increasingly-ragged Federer, who had won the first set in 26 minutes.
Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.
The Swiss lost the set in a flurry of aces, with Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sending the match into a decider.
Top seed Federer, 36, had not dropped a set on his way to the last eight.
Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.
The two players then held their serves brilliantly in the fifth and decisive set, until Anderson broke Federer in the 23rd game to go up 12-11.
Nadal reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 after defeating Jiri Vesely in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Monday. That also was the closest he's come to winning a Grand Slam trophy, while Federer owns 20. It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today.
'I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically. "I just kept telling myself this will be my day". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Anderson is getting used to breaking barriers. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes. "I probably won't have another 6-0 set this week, so I'll enjoy this one".
Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.
Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor , and raised both arms overhead. The tennis player and cricketer know each other personally and share great mutual respect.
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But he is already experimenting with different options. "[Croatia] will be tough but I think we're going to get through". The manner of that performance instantly won over the home crowd and gave them a reason to cheer their team.
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The worrying thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await. I could be with my parents, eating and drinking and watching the game on TV.
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