"Facing off that match point, then getting a break the next minute, I'm like, I've got the third set in the bag".
Even if Federer had managed to get past Anderson, as he nearly did, having held match point in the third set, there was no guarantee he would have gone on to win the title, especially with a rejuvenated Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw, not to mention Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro.
Defending Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer was knocked out of this year's championships by South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The South African's nerve held and so did his serve in the 24th game of the deciding set.
Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to face number nine John Isner of the USA on Friday.
Anderson, a three-time All-American at IL, moves onto the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
The Swiss maestro swept away his opponent Adrian Manarinno in three sets, but it was a nonchalant flow of the racket in the third set which caught the eyes of willow-lovers.
As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720. "Making the semis, beating Roger Federer is something special, something I will remember", Anderson said.
There's a sense of loss whenever Federer is beaten because he's so good to watch.
"I just kept telling myself to keep believing, and that today it would be my day".
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. "By the end, I thought I did a great job of not thinking about things too much". You'll need to log-in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don't have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms. Anderson, the eighth-seed, who hadn't taken a set off Federer in four previous meetings, struck again in the seventh game of the fourth set when the Swiss' forehand found the net.
The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at IL in 2006, is from South Africa.
He moved up to No. 10 in the world rankings in 2015 and later advanced to the final of the U.S. Open in 2017, where he lost in three sets to Rafael Nadal.
"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", Anderson said.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets. "It's not the first time for me in the semifinals, but it is a win that I want to enjoy before I focus on the semis", he said.