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South African Anderson knocks out defending champion Roger Federer

Kevin Anderson has overturned a two-set deficit to defeat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The Swiss eight-times champion and top seed was beaten 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 by eighth-seeded Anderson before a stunned crowd packed into a tension-filled No. 1 Court.

It was his first win against Federer at the fifth attempt and means he is the first player representing South Africa to reach the semi-final here since Kevin Curren in 1983.

Eighth-seed Anderson, 32, saved a match point in the 10th game of the third set and grew in confidence against an increasingly-ragged Federer who had won the first set in 26 minutes.

He won the third set to snap Federer’s 34-set winning streak at Wimbledon and Federer was clearly shaken as Anderson dominated the fourth set to drag the 20-times Grand Slam champion into a decider.

Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.

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