GOATs banter: Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer agree to exchange notes

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Ernests Gulbis in four sets to set up a match-up with Novak Djokovic, who has quietly been playing well at the tournament.

And when the "God" has said it himself, Roger Federer might well be lifting his 9th Wimbledon title. "I don't know. I actually would not be able to do that".

Williams' seemingly inevitable march to the final of a women's singles tournament in which none of the top 10 seeds remain continued against Evgeniya Rodina as she eased into the quarterfinals, but the seven-time Wimbledon champion needed to use much more of her reserves against Giorgi.

The worst news for her next opponent, Italy's Camila Giorgi, is that Serena believes there is more to come.

Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena?

It was therefore a surprise to see Giorgi win the first set on Centre Court. "I think it's a great week".

He showed up wearing a plain white T-shirt, bereft of any obvious sponsor's logos, looking like someone out for a casual hitting session in a public park.

Going a break down elicited a typically angry response from Williams, who surged into a 40-0 lead on Giorgi's serve in the subsequent game. Kerber served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken. Federer also broke, then held to end the match.

"I think it's a big challenge, especially with Ostapenko where I never played against her".

The women's quarterfinals are Tuesday, with Williams vs. Camila Giorgi, two-time major champion Angelique Kerber vs.

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. I'm doing a lot of the right things.

"I thought it was a good scoreline", Williams told the BBC after the match. "I'm here just to prove that I'm back, and I feel like I'm back".

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble.' Sometimes I feel, 'I can fight.' For whatever reason, today I was so calm", said 36-year-old American, who has been wearing compression leggings as a precaution after a blood-clot scare following her daughter's birth.

On No. 1 Court, three-time champion Novak Djokovic faces Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation.

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

Cibulkova advanced to her third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following runs in 2011 and 2016.

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