South African ace Kevin Anderson produced the performance of his career on Wednesday, defeating defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal at Wimbledon to book his place in the semifinals.
Federer, an eight-time champion at the All England Club, took control in the early stages of the encounter and held match point in the third set.
Digging deep, however, Anderson held on to earn a 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11 victory.
He became the first SA player to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Kevin Curren in 1983.
“I kept telling myself to keep believing, that today will be my day,” Anderson said.
“You really need that approach against someone like Federer or it’s not going to go your way. I gave it my all and I’m obviously very ecstatic.”
Anderson was set to face either Canadian player Milos Raonic, a former Wimbledon finalist, or American John Isner in the next round on Friday for a place in the final.
South African doubles specialist Raven Klaasen was also through to the semifinals at the grass court Grand Slam.
He was set to compete with regular partner Michael Venus on Thursday in their last four match against Danish player Frederik Nielsen and Great Britain’s Joe Salisbury.