Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic practice side by side

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic practice side by side

The path is still open for Federer to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final if both players win their next two matches.

The last time Federer played a Wimbledon match away from Centre Court it had no negative impact as he trounced Gilles Simon at the same stage of the 2015 tournament before beating home favourite Andy Murray to reach the final where he was undone by a dominant Novak Djokovic.

The only other times that Federer has surrendered a two-set lead came against Lleyton Hewitt in Switzerland's 2003 Davis Cup semifinal loss to Australia in Melbourne, to David Nalbandian in the 2005 Masters Cup decider and to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at consecutive slams at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.

'Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.

Next up for the American will be a battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic, who overcame Isner's countryman Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 to make the last eight for the fourth time in five years.

Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn't overawed by the occasion.

The eighth-seeded Anderson trailed two sets to none and faced match point in the third set before staving off elimination to win the set 7-5.

"I just don't know exactly how I couldn't create more opportunities once the third set came around", Federer said.

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And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times.

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

"Obviously I'm very ecstatic to get through that match", 32-year-old Anderson said.

Anderson needed four more booming serves to reach a first Wimbledon semi-final, and he found them.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

Anderson will take on the victor of the quarter-final clash between former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and ninth-ranked John Isner.

After beating Monfils in a tight four-set battle, Anderson said he was exhausted after playing for three hours and 29 minutes.

Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.

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