Federer knocked out of Wimbledon by Anderson

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are termed as the best in their respective sports

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

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).

In their four previous meetings Anderson, 32, had not taken a set off Federer. Although Federer's forehand was getting more erratic with each passing game, it seemed Anderson had too big a moment to climb. But that turned out to be the least of his worries. Federer ended up with more points won than Anderson in this match, but ultimately the difference came down to two unforced errors.

A crosscourt forehand victor, a down-the-line backhand powershot, a sneak attack after a serve - Roger Federer is the master of them all.

Having saved a match point deep in the third set, the World No.8 switched gears and broke Federer at 5-5.

Anderson, meanwhile, is coming off a four-set win over Gael Monfils that saw three of those sets go to a tiebreaker.

Federer starts as favourite to book a place in the semi-final, given his head-to-head record against Anderson which stands at 5-0.

The final set lasted 90 minutes, and it was captivating stuff.

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all.

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Isner is hoping he might have some presidential support should he reach the semi-finals, with Donald Trump due to visit the United Kingdom later this week. "If Kevin can keep it a shorter match and execute at the net, those are his best chances".

He had some chances in the fourth set but couldn't take them. It was only the seventh OT match (meaning longer than 7-6 in the fifth) in Federer's career, and his first since beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final. "The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me".

"I'm ecstatic. That's what you work so hard for". His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic, who has not won a major in two years, has struggled with form and injury for the past 18 months and came into Wimbledon as the No 12 seed. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

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

"He said he thinks it damaged the court". I'm glad that we're talking tonight after a fourth-round win.' Djokovic then made an admission: 'I think I've in a way earned the right to play quarter-finals on Centre Court, we've put the request with the organizers. "Isner is the party crasher I see".

"That was very important", he added.

Being scheduled to play last on Court One on "Manic Monday" is something Novak Djokovic is getting rather used to - and also getting rather fed up with.

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