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.
Roger Federer's title defence at Wimbledon 2018 ended on Wednesday after Kevin Anderson edged the champion 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 and moved into the semi-finals after a five-set tug of war.
Or was it the court?
The Cilic-Nishikori match was the first Grand Slam final in almost 10 years not to feature Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.
A jubilant Anderson, US Open runner-up a year ago, celebrated his first win over Federer in five attempts and a maiden appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final.
"If you go out there with doubts or unsure what's going to happen, like I maybe did a little bit in that first set, it's not going to go your way".
And he didn't stop there.
On they went, both holding to love for 10-10, but at 11-11 it was Federer who blinked first, a double fault handing Anderson a rare break point which he converted.
No one expected Roger Federer's quarter-final loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon, and Greg Rusedski neither. There's hopefully two more matches still to be played.
"I just kept telling myself to keep believing and that today it would be my day, that's the mindset you need against someone like Roger".
"It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam", Djokovic said afterwards.More news: England's Southgate cites Germany blueprint as model for success
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Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.
Yet Djokovic could not hide his surprise over reigning champion Federer's elimination.
Speaking to the BBC immediately after the match, Anderson said: "I'm not sure what to say right now". That's a bad feeling to have. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".
Much to tennis fans all over the world's delight, the legend, at least now, seems to want to come back and try again. Against Anderson, though he hit 16 aces, it was down to 79 %.
However, the 31-year-old Serbian raced through the third and fourth sets to advance in two hours and 34 minutes.
Nadal, who has made the quarter-finals without dropping a set, takes a 10-5 winning record over Del Potro into his quarter-final.
Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 32nd at the majors after a stormy Centre Court clash against Nishikori.
"To be honest, I didn't feel mental fatigue (during the match)".
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal edged past Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller at SW19 on Wednesday and avoid another upset at the Wimbledon. Asked if losing to Anderson would spur him to return and make amends next year, Federer hinted he didn't plan to walk away just yet.
"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.
Defending champion Federer, who has played all of his Wimbledon matches since the 2015 semi-finals on Centre Court, will instead open proceedings on Court One against Kevin Anderson. "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of months, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's. I was actually playing really high-quality tennis, having a few sniffs on his serve, nearly felt my mind wondering, Well, maybe I can do this".