Admired by younger generation, Roger Federer isn't slowing down at Wimbledon

Ruben Hill
July 10, 2018

His 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 win against the No 22 seed from France extended his streak of sets won here to 32.

Just too bad that option was not available to Adrian Mannarino on Monday as he was tortured and tormented during a jaw-dropping opening set when he won only one point on his own serve.

Defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal closed in on a dream Wimbledon final as the sport's two greatest players swept into the last eight on Monday.

After his first-round victory last week, the 25th-ranked Shapovalov credited his improvement on grass, in part, to the Swiss, explaining: "I've been trying to watch a lot of Roger - how he plays on the grass, how he comes in, chips, how he bothers players on the surface". Facing Roger again [would] be something fantastic.

"If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. That's the point. It's about being smart, no?"

Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said it was a "privilege" to still be able to see the Swiss marvel strut his stuff on tennis's most famous centre court and, a month shy of his 37th birthday, Federer said he could barely believe it either.

He next faces No. 13 Milos Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the USA 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Isner, 33, will be playing in his first quarter-final at the majors since the 2011 US Open when he faces former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016.

Had the Swiss not squandered four break points in the opening game of the second set, which lasted nearly as long as the entire opener, Federer would probably have not needed an hour and 45 minutes to get back into the locker room.

But in a simply stunning two years since, the grand master has lost just seven of 88 matches and taken his record title haul to a magical 20 slams.

The Russian qualifier and Williams are the last of six mothers who began this tournament, and she told the WTA website: "I know how tough it is to come back to tennis after having your first child".

Nishikori is playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

While Williams boasts 23 major championships, the remaining seven women have combined for just three: Angelique Kerber has won two (2016 Australian Open and 2016 U.S. Open) and Jelena Ostapenko one (2017 French Open).

He will next play either another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, or South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

The victor of that clash will take on either Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori or unseeded Ernests Gulbis. It will be Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal and he will start favorite against Nishikori who will be in his first last-eight at the All England Club.

The match between No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon was suspended due to darkness and will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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