Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Roger Federer extends Wimbledon record in warning shot to Nadal and Djokovic

Roger Federer extends Wimbledon record in warning shot to Nadal and Djokovic

"You always tend to play better against better players and I am happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon".

Federer's progression to the last-eight saw him extend his Open Era record for the most quarter-finals reached at Wimbledon, which he set past year.

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. Speaking about how his game perfectly suits the court condition at the All England Club, Federer said: 'Maybe it's that it helps my slice.

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.

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 previous year.

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

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What they would probably have preferred is to play on a Center Court with a retractable grass surface - one that can open up and swallow them whole and spare them from receiving any further punishment from the most elegant executioner in tennis.

He was in cruise control from there and raced to the first set before two more breaks in the second solidified Nadal's domination.

Nadal, who will remain as world No 1 even if he does not win the tournament because of the victory, will face Fabio Fognini or Jiri Vesely on Monday. His confidence appeared fully intact, though, as he saved the first with a forehand onto the line, the second with a 107mph second serve and the third with an ace. I just feel like it's not really what you do in a practice with other guys.

Leading 5-4 and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh's serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out.

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

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