Roger Federer cruises into Wimbledon quarter-finals

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

The result extended Federer's run of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 32, two short of his career best from 2005/06, while he has not dropped serve at the championships since the semi-finals past year.

Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. Federer has been the dominant player on grass on the men's circuit for more than a decade, but Nadal has experience of beating the Swiss legend on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.

It would also give him a last-eight clash against Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth-seeded Argentine, or unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

With the draw opening up in her favour, Williams is widely expected to make history with a first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September a year ago.

Mannarino won only one point on his own serve as Federer hit 11 winners to just one unforced error.

If Williams passes the test delivered by Pliskova, a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon women's final awaits against Kerber, who beat Williams for her first major crown at the 2016 Australian Open.

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A single break of serve was all Nadal required in the opening set and he broke twice in the second.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams.

French Open champion Nadal, bidding for a first Wimbledon title since 2010, plays Czech world number 93 Jiri Vesely, while Djokovic takes on Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.

At 1-1 in the third, Federer saw an opportunity to break at 30-0 but Mannarino held his nerve to hold.

Federer is taking on 22nd-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino before Williams faces Evgeniya Rodina in a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the tournament. He could not quite make it to a tie-break, though, with Federer breaking for 6-5 and then serving out the set.

Since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011, Nadal has been knocked out by four players ranked outside the world's top 100 - Lukas Rosel, Steve Darcis, Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown - as well as a surprise defeat by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller previous year.

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