The 8th seed Kevin Anderson has scored one of his biggest wins in a career, saving a match point to oust the defending champion Roger Federer 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes! Roger had everything in his hands, leading two sets to love and having a match point in the 10th game of the third set, looking good to close the match in straight sets, just like in the previous matches.
Instead of that, Kevin fends it off and he broke in the very next game, taking the third set 7-5 and starting a huge comeback that gave him the triumph in the end, sending him into the second Grand Slam semi-final. Thus, Kevin has become the first South African in Wimbledon semi-final since Kevin Curren in 1983 and the sixth overall in history.
In addition, this is his 10th Wimbledon and he is among the players who needed the most attempts before reaching the first semi-final, joining Jonas Bjorkman, Marin Cilic, Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey and Rainer Schuettler. This was only the fifth loss for Roger after leading two sets to one and the first since 2011 when Tsonga defeated him here at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
Also, the Swiss in now on a mediocre 7-6 score when match reaches the fifth set at Wimbledon, not a great stat for an eight-time winner. Just like against Coric in the final of Halle, Federer won more points than Anderson but it wasn't enough in the end, converting just three out of 12 break points he earned.
Kevin did his best to prevail in the crucial points after that second set tie break, creating seven chances and stealing Roger's serve four times, including that crucial one at 11-11 in the decider. Roger stormed over the opening set, clinching it 6-2 with breaks in games one and seven but Kevin bounced back at the start of the second set, earning a break in game two to open a 3-0 lead.
Trailing for the first time during the fortnight, Federer broke back in game five, saving another break point to level the score at 3-3 and they both served well until the tie break. From 2-0 down, Roger won five straight points and he grabbed it 7-5 after his fourth mini-break.
Both players served well in the third set until game 10 when Anderson saved a match point, breaking Roger a few minutes later to open up a 6-5 lead and fending off three break points in game 12 to take the set 7-5 and extend the match, with the momentum on his side.
Kevin played better and better as the match progressed, stealing Roger's serve in the seventh game of the fourth set, saving a break point in game 10 to close the set and level the score at 2-2. Nothing could separate the rivals in the fifth set and it was Anderson who finally clinched a break in game 23 (he saved a break point at 4-3 as well), sealing the deal to enter the last four.