Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign ended by Kevin Anderson

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

Federer was attempting to reach his 13th semi-final at Wimbledon and move closer to title number nine, both of which would have broken his own records.

Boris Becker said Anderson had played the "game of his life" and, to many, will be known as the man who ended Federer's run.

And, according to the ATP, it's the fifth time Federer lost a match at a major tournament after holding a match point, something else that last happened seven years ago.

Federer, the eight-time champion, took the first two sets 6-2, 7-6 (5) on Court No. 1 to extend his streak of winning 34 straight sets at the All-England Club.

"I really tried my best to keep fighting", Anderson, 32, told the BBC immediately after coming off court from the 4-hour, 14-minute match.

"I scraped through the third and fourth sets and by the end I thought I did a great job".

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Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic got his wish to play in the main stadium, and he reached his first Grand Slam semi-final since 2016 by beating number 24 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The escape energized Anderson and he broke in the next game with a bludgeoning backhand off a weak second serve and then battled back from 0-40 to seal the third with an ace.

1 Court for the first time since 2015 at Wimbledon played a factor, Federer added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there previous year.

Federer's first double fault of the match was perhaps the most costly error either player made.

Emboldened by the development, Anderson went on all-out attack.

Anderson was sticking to his guns, though, and after saving match point the eighth seed secured another break of the Federer serve and snatched a set back. "I played only once in first four matches on Centre Court".

Federer was 4-0 against Anderson entering the day, winning every set they'd ever played against each other. Djokovic grunted and groaned, he took on chair umpire Portugal's Carlos Ramos, who he accused "of double standards", and was handed two code violations, in the second and fourth sets, for racket abuse and time violations, but he also produced razor-sharp tennis. But the Swiss had a patch of bad luck, losing his footing and, as a result, netting a forehand form an off-balance position.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 37 next month, says he plans to return to SW19 next year.

Snacks during the changeovers kept them going, but nothing seemed capable of separating them - at least until Federer appeared distracted by a midpoint shout from the crowd and a plane flying overhead while serving at 11-11.

The Swiss lost the set in a flurry of aces, with Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sending the match into a decider.

And he closed, fittingly, on a service victor. He won the Australian Open for the sixth time earlier this year.

Anderson's reward for his famous victory is a semifinal on Friday (Saturday NZT) against either American ninth seed John Isner or Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic.