"I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back."
The Kiwi and his South African partner Raven Klaasen were beaten by Americans Jack Sock and Mike Bryan.
Germany's Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title.
The Serbian will face Kevin Anderson on Monday morning (NZ time).
Novak Djokovic leads Rafael Nadal two sets to one at Wimbledon.
The Kiwi will now focus on the men's doubles final on Sunday (NZ time).
The South African beat John Isner in a five-set thriller.
It's Venus' third Grand Slam tennis final in the past 13 months.
The Spaniard is now just two wins away from his 18th Grand Slam tennis title.
The fifth set against Kevin Anderson featured 24 games.
The Kiwi and partner Raven Klaasen needed four hours to win their doubles quarter-final.
Williams has progressed to her 11th Wimbledon semi-final.
The Argentinian completed a five-set win over Gilles Simon to make the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
They and their respective partners are into the Wimbledon men's quarter-finals.
"The seas have parted for her," says nine-time champion Martina Navratilova.
The Spanish top seed is through to the final eight for the first time in seven years.