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FILE South African tennis player Kevin Anderson

Federer couldn't convert a break point at 3-4 and as the final set headed into extra time a lone voice in the crowd, mindful of England's imminent World Cup semi-final against Croatia, shouted out "Hurry up I need to watch the football".

Kevin Anderson dethroned Roger Federer to reach his maiden Wimbledon semi-final after sealing a dramatic 13-11 deciding-set victory on Wednesday.

In the semifinals, Anderson will face the victor of the matchup between American John Isner, the No. 9 seed, and Canada's Milos Raonic, the No. 13 seed.

The victory sends Anderson to Friday's semifinal, in which he'll face three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who turned back Kei Nishikori in four sets.

The Swiss maestro swept away his opponent Adrian Manarinno in three sets, but it was a nonchalant flow of the racket in the third set which caught the eyes of willow-lovers.

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The South African is through to the last eight for the first time, and he said: 'Playing somebody like Roger Federer is going to be a great experience. "Making the semis, beating Roger Federer is something special, something I will remember", Anderson said.

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.

Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

"By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening".

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That took great self-belief, he added, knowing that he had never taken a set off 20-time major victor Federer in four previous meetings. I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to.

The 32-year-old Anderson won the 2006 NCAA doubles title with Ryan Rowe during his Illini career, and the native of South Africa earned All-American honors in each of his three seasons at IL.

"Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one".

Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve. The 2017 U.S. Open runner-up triumphed in 4 hours and 14 minutes. I feel like I'm getting better and better with every match. He may well pause to take stock of a journey that started in Johannesburg with him gleaning as much knowledge as possible from worldwide tennis magazines, cutting out articles on the sport's greatest rivalries, while pouring over the Grand Slams whenever they were broadcast on South African television.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

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