Should Djokovic, Nadal and Federer win, it would be the first time all three played in a semifinal since the 2012 French Open.
Ho-hum. It's another Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance for Roger Federer, who seeks a fifth straight and 13th overall trip to the semifinals at the All-England Club when he takes on No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday in London. From there, Anderson broke Federer's serve in the next game to take a 6-5 advantage and won the set 7-5 with an ace, but only after remarkably holding off three break points.
Federer wasted a match point during the 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11, match.
From there, the tall and powerful Anderson kicked on whilst Federer stalled.
Asked whether being bumped to Court 1 made any difference, having not played there for three years, he added: 'I don't think it would have changed if I played there last year.
"I scraped through the third and fourth sets and by the end I thought I did a great job".
South African Kevin Anderson celebrates his big win.
South African Kevin Anderson outlasted Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon quarterfinal.
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. I don't know if it had something to do with the breeze, just a bad day from my side, except the first set. Anderson and Federer are knotted at 3-3 in the final set.
The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016.
The first hiccup surfaced at the start of the second set with Anderson breaking the Federer serve and ending that run of holds. Reaching his first grand slam final at the US Open previous year, where he lost to Nadal, gave him great confidence and it was noticeable even early on that he was able to push Federer back, a rare sight, especially on grass.
Nishikori had to survive heavy attack on his serve early in the second as Djokovic smelled blood, saving four break points, which included a 0-40 game. Shouldn't really happen, but thankfully they do for me.
"I was actually playing really high-quality tennis, having a few sniffs on his serve, nearly felt my mind wondering, Well, maybe I can do this". It's my mission to get back to where I was.