By the end of this quarterfinal, a stiff drink seemed more appropriate than a serving of strawberries and cream.
And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators' cries of "Let's go, Roger!" echoed through the shadows, everything came apart for the eight-time champion.
Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, July 11.
"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember". By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening.
Federer served first in the seesaw battle of extra time, which ought to have put Anderson at a slight psychological disadvantage, forced to serve from behind just to stay even.
It was a surprise result that now sends the eighth-seeded Anderson to the semifinals at Wimbledon, his first time making it that far in the storied competition that Federer has won eight times, including past year.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
"It just wasn't one of my best days", Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters.
Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 205kph service victor, and raised both arms overhead. And he kept his composure while Federer committed everyday errors - a netted backhand, an over-hit forehand - at the worst possible moments. His serve, which had been practically infallible through three rounds, was broken three times. Anderson saved match point in the third set and went on to win in 4 hours and 14 minutes, booking his place in the semifinals in the process. And he was up by 0-40 on Anderson's serve two games later and could not convert any of the break point opportunities. He wastes three set points and gives one to Anderson, instead.
Anderson held his nerve with his relentless and powerful serve win the fourth and send the rip-roaring contest into an unlikely fifth and deciding set.
"I was very happy that I got off to the right start of the match, was able to take control somewhat of the game". "It just happened to be that today wasn't the day".
The Centre Court spectators, who included the Duchess of Cornwall, Rory McIlroy and Sir Richard Branson watching on from the Royal Box, were wowed by two highlight-reel rallies in the first five games.
"It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC. It's a big chance for me to face Rafa. That's my problem really, the 36-year-old said.
Djokovic also advanced to the semifinals, defeating Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.