Wimbledon 2018 Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer quarterfinals after beating Gael Monfils

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports

Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports

There will be a new Wimbledon champion as Roger Federer was upset in a thrilling a five-set match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.

"I played only once in first four matches on Centre Court".

However, Federer was unable to break his own record after dropping the third set as Anderson embarked on a courageous fightback.

While Anderson is known for his booming serve, it's Federer's serve that has proved impenetrable at this year's Championships - the Swiss is yet to drop serve and has held in his past 81 service games, dating back to the first set of his semi-final against Czech Tomas Berdych last year. The 16-time Grand Slam champion also won their most recent meeting - French Open semi-final 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Since he exited Wimbledon at the first-round stage previous year, Anderson has enjoyed a solid return, making four finals, including his deep run at the US Open where he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

The last time he won as many consecutive sets was in 2005 and 2006 at the height of his dominance. I think that was the key at the end.

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.

Djokovic looked in control in the first set.

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Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.

After a slump following two years of nearly total domination of the men's game, Djokovic's star appears to be back on the rise and he is a clear contender to win a fourth Wimbledon title.

Nadal reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 after defeating Jiri Vesely in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Monday.

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

Eight-time champion Federer has already won more Wimbledon singles titles than any other man, but was aiming to equal Martina Navratilova's all-time record.

On winning the match Anderson said: "I'm not quite sure what to say, I had to try my best to keep fighting". You can't plan for them anyway because one point can change the outcome of a set.

But after failing to convert a match point in the third set, Federer allowed a rash of errors to creep into his game, particularly on the forehand side. If it gnawed at him, there was no evidence as the match surpassed the four-hour mark.

That didn't seem to affect his focus, though, and neither did a time violation he was given when serving at 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.

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