Anderson into Wimbledon semi finals

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion's title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.

The setting was not the only thing alien to the defending champion.

Anderson hit 13 winners and just four unforced errors in the fourth set as he claimed the only break to force a decider. But that turned out to be the least of his worries.

The top-ranked Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.

"It's feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said. The 36-year-old's first serve eluded him for large parts of the match, his famed forehand let him down big-time and by the end, despite hanging in for over four hours in humid conditions, he seemed to give up.

Eighth-seed Anderson 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.

Given the above-mentioned statistics, it's clear Anderson is a massive underdog against Federer.

While the match was a one-sided affair, there was one moment during the first set that really impressed fan on the stands.

The women's semi-finals are set for Thursday.

Federer fell to 266-3 in career Grand Slam matches where he won the first two sets.

Federer ultimately paid the price for failing to convert any more than three of 12 break-point opportunities, including three in a row with Anderson serving at love-40 in the fourth set.

As a result, the Canadian's run at Wimbledon ended in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.

This time it was Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils who held up the Serbian, who said: "Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

Djokovic copped a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after flinging his racquet into the grass behind the baseline in frustration early in the third set. But on Monday, in his Wimbledon 2018 fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino, Federer tried his hand at a different sport altogether. "Now I feel horribly worn out and just bad", Federer said. You have to have that mindset.

With fifth-set tiebreakers not permitted at Wimbledon, they played on - each point heavy with implications.

After two years of physical and mental struggles, Djokovic appears fit and confident and ready to try to add to his tally of 12 grand slam titles.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, incurred a warning for throwing his racket and was clearly frustrated, complaining of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw. "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever".

"He said he thinks it damaged the court".