Wimbledon 2018 -- Men's quarterfinal matches

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

And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major tournament after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago.

That meant Federer had equalled but not bettered his previous best set-winning streak which came between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

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 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.

Serbia's Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating the Japanese 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Not only has he yet to drop a set through four matches at the All-England Club this year, but he hasn't had his serve broken, and it wasn't until his last match against Adrian Mannarino that he faced his first break point.

The South African will play in his first Wimbledon quarter-final against a player who's won the tournament a record eight times. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

Switzerland's Roger Federer grimaces after losing a point during the fifth set of his men's quarterfinals match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018.

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Anderson then held the 24th game to clinch one of tennis' most famous victories. This is Djokovic's second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal. If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes.

The match was played there after Novak Djokovic, having played three of his opening four matches away from Centre Court, had his request to play in the main stadium granted.

Anderson's attempt to serve out the set was not without drama but, though Federer brought up a break-back point, a searing cross-court backhand saved it and a forehand into the left corner secured a decider.

Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match.

The other quarter-final features American John Isner and Canadian former runner-up Milos Raonic.

World number one Nadal faces a tricky test against power-hitter del Potro in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011.

Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.

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