Roger Federer shows off cricket skill at Wimbledon

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

Roger Federer is surprising even himself with his latest record-setting run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Cibulkova was furious when Hsieh successfully persuaded the umpire to replay a point that was initially called in the Slovakian's favour and would have given her three set points in the opening set. And he watched it again and again, taking note of Federer's quickness, net game, serve, variety of tactics and, above all, his composure. Federer has such a good game for grass.

The top-ranked player in Greece (a career high No. 35), Tsitsipas is hardly alone in studying Federer for tips. That's a Grand Slam semi-final from the US Open a few years ago.

American ninth seed John Isner also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/4) win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko is only 21 but is already a Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open previous year, and she credits ballroom dancing for helping with her footwork.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

It was tennis for the gluttonous: a feast.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on course to meet on Sunday, while Serena Williams serenely moved into the last eight.

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All three easily handled outclassed opponents. The chair umpire intoned "Game, Federer" so frequently, it began to sound like the refrain of a song.

Big-serving Anderson had never reached the final eight at the All England Club nor had he beaten Gael Monfils, but after a gruelling 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) triumph over the Frenchman in the fourth round, he can now tick both off his list.

"Not really", said Federer, the No. 1 seed. He served 12 aces and no double faults.

"It was good to have that, you are hearing all these things and thinking, "I could be there one day", Draper said after his own straight-sets win over Henry van der Schulenburg. Probably, although the Russian with the golden arm will make him work for it.

"I wouldn't know that it happened in '05 and '06, I feel like these streaks just happen", he said.

The Spaniard beat unseeded Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to set up a last-eight meeting with Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon.

While the men get Tuesday off at Wimbledon, the women return for their quarterfinals. And he's now into the second week and has looked stronger with every round.

Nadal, chasing an 18th major, leads former US Open champion Del Potro 10-5 and Simon 8-1.

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