Are the stars aligning for another Federer-Nadal final?

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot during his third round match against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.

On the other end of the spectrum, seven-time women's champion Serena Williams is a fan of the tradition.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams had to change her bra in a rain delay in 2017 as the pink straps were visible from her shoulders.

The status quo has been challenged like never before in the women's singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the Wimbledon last 16 for the first time in the Open area.

Pella delivered the biggest upset so far in the men's draw when he eliminated third-seeded Marin Cilic in a match that was carried over to Thursday.

Federer's best run at the All England Club is 35 consecutive sets, from 2005 to 2006.

The 19-year-old will faces U.S. ninth seed John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals.

Darkness descended at just the right time as the German came back to win 6-4 5-7 6-7 (0/7) 6-1 6-2, justifying his eventual decision to not withdraw.

Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world number one Rafael Nadal - yet to drop a set in his first three matches - and three-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic - playing his way back to his best this week - are lurking as potential final opponents.

De Minaur has enjoyed a magnificent month in the United Kingdom, winning the Nottingham Open final in addition to the decider of the Surbiton Trophy where he lost in three sets to grass-court specialist Jeremy Chardy.

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"Novak and Rafa, all these guys are still in the draw", Federer said.

With all of the men's and women's last 16 singles ties taking place, it is one of the most exciting days in the tennis calendar. After that I feel like I got, how do you say, there is a buzz for me. "I didn't feel the effect this time".

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France in their third round match on day five at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer is in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck, who dismissed last year's champion Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, continued her progress in a confident 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Estonian Anett Kontaveit.

Williams is the fourth former women's champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year's victor Garbine Muguruza.

Nadal and Federer, who have won a combined 37 Grand Slam titles, delighted tennis fans a year ago when they teamed up in the inaugural Laver Cup.

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'I am happy to be in the fourth round, it's positive and I am excited to be playing well, ' he said.

The top seed said: "I can never practise it because how do you?"

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