Wimbledon: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic advance to quarter finals

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

Elsewhere, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.

Federer is yet to drop a set in Wimbledon this year.

There was a brief hiccup in the third set when Vesely broke for a 3-2 lead when a rare Nadal forehand error drew gasps of surprise from the crowd.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006. Anderson admitted his triumph against Monfils, which lasted over 3½ hours, was demanding, and as a result he will train lightly Tuesday, focusing more on recovery and plotting his game plan to tackle Federer. "It was dark so I couldn't see the ball that well and it was very windy".

His mastery was only the beginning of things for those who spent 120 pounds (about $160) to be at Center Court and were afforded the rare treat of watching three of the greatest to ever lift a tennis racket.

Hsieh's protests to the umpire prompted the match referee to come on court to intervene as the argument lasted over seven minutes before the point was finally replayed, much to Cibulkova's disgust. Along with his 44 winners (to Mannarino's 18), all are hallmarks of a player in full command.

"I can be here, I can't come here and say, No, of course I want to play against the best players". "This is what is not easy to handle".

The Czech gifted Nadal the one break he needed to win the first set with a double-fault, but the Spaniard took matters into his own hands in the second, clubbing two forehand winners to grab one break and winning the set on Vesely's serve with a sliced victor as his opponent lumbered forward. She plays Kiki Bertens first-up on No 2 Court, the victor advancing to the quarter-finals against either Julia Görges or Donna Vekic. No. 20 Kiki Bertens.

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The underdog was far more competitive thereafter, but Federer still triumphed easily and will face Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson in his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal. Shouldn't really happen, but thankfully they do for me.

On Wednesday he will need to break new ground again if he is to keep alive his Wimbledon dream and beat eight-times champion Roger Federer for the first time. We are talking about I am in quarter-finals.

England's footballers play in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 when they face Croatia on Wednesday, and supporters will be at fever pitch if they win to reach their first final since 1966.

But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.

For Nadal, this marks a return.

Djokovic's run to the Queen's final on the eve of Wimbledon was his first appearance in a championship match since Eastbourne nearly 12 months earlier.

"It's true, it has been a while", Nadal said. It's like today, I hope I get off to a good start, go from there.

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