WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer will not win an eighth Wimbledon title for a 21st career Grand Slam trophy this year.
The top-seeded Federer, who held a match point in the 10th game of the third set, was sent packing in dramatic fashion by eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4,13-11 in a breathtaking 4-hour, 14-minute quarterfinal marathon.
“Down two-sets-to-love I really tried my best to keep fighting,” said the 32-year-old Anderson, playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal. “I thought I did a great job not thinking too much. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember. I kept telling myself today was going to be my day. I’m obviously very ecstatic to get through that.”
The 36-year-old Federer, long anointed the kind of grass courts, handed Anderson the match on his serve in the 23rd game of the fifth set.
When Federer double-faulted at 30-30 for the first time in the match, and only fourth time in the tournament, he offered the South African the first break point of the final set. At 30-40, Federer netted a forehand to surrender his serve, which cost him the match.
At 40-15 in the final game, Anderson hit a forehand winner to end Federer’s dream of another Wimbledon trophy, at least for this year. Anderson served 28 aces and scored 65 winners to 61 for Federer.
It marked only the third time that Anderson’s rebounded from a two-sets deficit to win a five-set match. In their previous four meetings, Anderson failed to win a set off of Federer.
Federer’s run of Wimbledon consecutive sets won ended at 34 when Anderson went on to win the final three sets in the match. His streak of 34 consecutive sets won equals his previous record, which he secured between the third round in 2005 and the 2006 final.
Anderson, who played in his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 U.S. Open, losing to Rafael Nadal, will face the winner of the match between ninth-seeded John Isner and 13th-seeded Milos Raonic in the semifinals.