In a fascinating final set, it took 24 games for the two to be parted; the South African claiming a 13-11 win after a match that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes in total. 'Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.
Nadal faces the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon while Federer takes on US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals.
(8) Kevin Anderson bt.
Should Djokovic, Nadal and Federer win, it would be the first time all three played in a semifinal since the 2012 French Open.
Federer/the Fed-express/the GOAT, has glided effortlessly into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, a place he knows better than most people know their own back garden.
It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion's tired forehand smacked the net. After 2 hours and 35 minutes of action, Djokovic, who hadn't made a Grand Slam semifinals since the 2016 US Open, powered to his eighth last-four clash at the All England Club with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.
From Wimbledon and ICC, it has now moved over to Roger Federer and Sachin Tendulkar as the two legends discussed helping each other out with their trademark shots on the tennis court and cricket field respectively. Federer even held a match point at 5-4 in the third. You have to have that mindset.
Kevin Anderson (8) narrowly defeated Gael Monfis in four sets to reach the quarterfinals.
Federer had a match point in the third set at 4-5, 30-40 but failed to take it, before Anderson broke in the following game to earn the opportunity to serve out the set.
South African Kevin Anderson outlasted Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon quarterfinal.
When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes.
With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital. Isner responded with an ace on that occasion and then went on to take the fourth set.
The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds.
"I think I just love being around here".