"It just happened to be that today wasn't the day". I nearly could have.
In Friday's other men's match, Anderson will face No. 9 John Isner, the 33-year-old American who reached his first major semifinal in his 41st try by eliminating 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3. He could have ended things right then and there. "But he will have to serve so well all the time to beat Federer, and hit his forehand well".
Back to deuce. From there, it all began to change.
The comeback was just beginning.
The prospect of a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Wimbledon final is no more.
You could get long odds on Anderson, 32, to turn over 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, having lost all four of his previous matches with the Swiss great without taking a single set.
How hard was it to see this coming? His serve also began to reap rewards, with 28 aces the result, while he also chased down nearly every Federer slice and drop-shot. But there was more.
Federer was bounced out in the quarterfinals in five sets. "Again, I really hope it's an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself".
"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember".
"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court. That's a bad feeling to have.
Djokovic overcame a series of rows with the chair umpire to record a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory over Japan's former US Open finalist. That also was the closest he's come to winning a Grand Slam trophy, while Federer owns 20. He now has broken his opponent's serve 31 times at Wimbledon. Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.
Federer was catty in defeat, ripping Djokovic for the desperate shot as if the impulsivity was beneath him. "You're never really safe".
But he found himself in even more unfamiliar territory with an inspired Anderson's relentless, thudding serve eventually overpowering the 20-time grand slam victor. It rattled Federer, who blew the next match point and then double faulted on break point.
Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 205kph service victor, and raised both arms overhead.
Isner has won all 95 of his service games in the tournament.
"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC.
Two-time champion Nadal is through to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.
The 12-time Slam victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". He took the fourth set to necessitate a decider which would prove to be dramatic and taxing for both players.