Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer qualifies for Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set

Federer qualifies for Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set

Federer, meanwhile, has a clearer path, with no major champions standing between him and the final.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the ideal role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack. It forced him to work a bit harder to break serve and create opportunities to close the match with an efficiency that should serve him well in future rounds.

Yet since 2011, Nadal has failed to go beyond the fourth round - until now.

The world number one faces Czech world number 93 Jiri Vesely, who has never got past the fourth round of a Grand Slam.

That could mean a repeat of the 2008 final - which many consider to be the greatest match of all time - when Nadal was victorious in a fixating battle with the Swiss top seed.

Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in his fourth-round match and will play South Africa's No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson in a quarterfinal.

Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation. A big if, admittedly.

I told my team the other day that for me also, after all these years, it is surprising to be the number one seed, in the top two in the rankings at 36.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko is only 21 but is already a Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open past year, and she credits ballroom dancing for helping with her footwork.

Lurking on Federer's side of the draw is an intriguing unknown: the unseeded Mackenzie McDonald, who sounds as if he should have drifted down from the Highlands but is in fact a 23-year-old Californian with a solid pedigree and little to lose.

Beaten by Serena in the 2016 final, Kerber takes on Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, a 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2 victor against Belgian world number 47 Alison Van Uytvanck.

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Southgate is concerned about the demands of the tournament on his players. "We looked like we controlled the game". England beat Croatia 5-1 at Wembley in the last meeting between the two countries in September 2009.

The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this year's tournament, saving all four.

After claiming an 11th French Open title Nadal raised doubts about whether he would even play at Wimbledon.

Former world number one Djokovic has a 13-2 winning record against the Japanese player.

As for Serena Williams? . Well, you might know a thing or two about her.

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"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on."

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.

It all began with the official Twitter account of Wimbledon posting a video of Federer in action, with him playing what looks like a forward defensive stroke.

And though his Wimbledon debut ended there Monday, when he ran into the big serve and arrhythmic game of the 6-foot-10 John Isner, Tsitsipas said he was pleased to have achieved his goal. "You always tend to play better against better players and I'm happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon". He will face Djokovic next in his first quarterfinals appearance at the All England Club.

"We are a sold-out event and there's massive interest. We have free public wi-fi in many areas, so if people want to watch quietly on their phone or tablet, they are able to do so".

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