The cricketing body "admitted" that shot was actually good and joked about ranking Federer as the No. 1 Test batsmen in the World.
But he persevered through dark times and is rewarded with his second successive Slam quarter-final - the first time he has done that since reaching the last eight at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2012.
He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star.
The Japanese 24th seed is contesting his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final after finally overcoming his own wretched run with injury and backing up his third-round win over Nick Kyrgios with a fighting four-set victory over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. "I'd be surprised if no tennis player feels nervous", he says.
"You can't plan for them anyway".
Having crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for five consecutive times, Goerges' emotions spilled over at the end of the match after she embraced Bertens at the net.
When he lost his 2016 semi-final to Milos Raonic, Federer feared his career may be over after seriously injuring his knee in an on-court tumble.
And all on a surgically-repaired knee.
The legendary Swiss, eyeing a ninth title at SW19, will now await the victor of either eighth seed Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils.
Nadal, like Federer yet to drop a set, routed world number 93 Vesely on the eve of the Czech player's 25th birthday.
"The overall goal is try to win the tournament".
"It was an important victory as since 2011 I have not been in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon". "I've been in this position and situation before many times. I know a lot of people won't like that but I don't care". I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final. In terms of the Quarter Finals normal posting should resume, still on a bit of a road trip so I can't squeeze posts in like I have done if I'm on a train or plane but it's slightly less hectic now and I will, of course, be watching tomorrow. In 2012, 2013, I was not able to compete. "When you watch Federer, it's like the best thing on television".
Standing in the way yet could be fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals - the Argentine's fourth-round match was suspended with him holding a 2-1 set lead - and then possibly three-time champion Djokovic in the semifinals.
It's the first time Isner, 33, has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and it is just his second quarterfinal at a major.
Isner added another 22 aces to his tournament-topping tally that now stands at 135 after the ninth seed's 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5) triumph over young Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas.