Anderson can beat Federer away from Centre Court: Wilander

Wimbledon

By the end of this quarterfinal, a stiff drink seemed more appropriate than a serving of strawberries and cream.

While Federer's stunning loss has denied tennis fans the possibility of another blockbuster final showdown with his great rival Nadal, Anderson now has the opportunity to go one better than his charge to last year's US Open title decider.

Federer lost from two sets up for just the fifth time in his career - and third at a Grand Slam - falling 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 13-11 to the 6-foot-8 South African on Wednesday. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career. He ended the match with a serve down the middle that. Others still in the running for this year's men's singles title include Spanish star Rafael Nadal and Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, now duking it out in their own quarterfinal. He can produce huge pace from the baseline as well, and he ultimately needed a combination of skills and a great deal of mental strength to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal.

But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer's game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours and 14 minutes.

Federer found himself scheduled on Court One having been ousted from his usual Centre Court domain for the first time in three years.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headline the men's quarterfinal lineup at Wimbledon on Wednesday as the trio bid to all reach the last four at the same Grand Slam for the time since the 2012 French Open.

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Federer and Nadal are favourites to meet in Sunday's final - 10 years after their epic 2008 showdown - but Wilander believes Del Potro could throw a spanner in the works.

Ever since then, Anderson has been improving his game with every passing tournament. He had a match point on Anderson's serve in the third set. "But he will have to serve so well all the time to beat Federer, and hit his forehand well". He wastes three set points and gives one to Anderson, instead. With Federer serving for the match at 5-3, 40-15, he hit a wide serve that Djokovic slapped back recklessly, nearly carelessly, for a victor. Very, very pleased to get through, and as I said at the beginning of the week, my first goal was to try and get one step further than my best result here.

"It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow", Federer said.

Next, it was Nadal's turn to engage in a marathon match when he outlasted Del Potro on Centre Court.

"I don't know why Del Potro shouldn't think he has a great chance", Wilander said. "That's my problem really".

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

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