Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal reaches last 8; Ashley Barty out

Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal reaches last 8; Ashley Barty out

Match Stats: Federer vs. Berrettini Player Winners Unforced Errors Roger Federer 23 5 Matteo Berrettini 14 23 Federer set the tone early by blocking nearly all of Berrettini's thunderous serves right back into play. He tried to run around his backhand to hit a forehand on another break point, but Federer's shot took a tough bounce off the sideline chalk, and Berrettini fell trying to make contact, cracking a laugh.

After losing the first set in 17 minutes and the second in not much longer he disappeared off court - presumably to try and locate a panic room somewhere in the All England Club. He hit another backhand victor to secure the break and broke again for a 5-2 lead. I nearly played him in the Halle finals when he ran into (David) Goffin, who I thought played a great match.

The Spaniard has not won the trophy at SW19 since 2010 but is looking every inch the contender this time around, dispatching the Portuguese 6-2 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

Having looked so assured in the first week - and a decent bet to end almost four decades of Australia being without a women's singles champion - she lacked the answers when required as Riske fought back to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Pouille had a break point at 3-3 in the first set and again at 5-5.

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At 37, he is the oldest man to reach the last eight at the majors since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open.

And only four seeds from the top 10 have survived - Novak Djokovic (1), Roger Federer (2), Rafael Nadal (3) and Kei Nishikori (8) - the fewest since 2008. Next up, Bautista will face either Guido Pella of Argentina or Canada's Milos Raonic. The 15th-seeded Raonic served for the set at 5-3 in the fourth set but was broken. Sam Querrey and Tennys Sandgren will set up an all-American clash in the fourth round after beating their respective opponent.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut made it to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire. Bob missed last year's tournament after having hip surgery, but Mike won the doubles title with replacement partner Jack Sock.

In women's action, Serena Williams may never get a better chance of equaling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record of 24 with the Wimbledon quarterfinals bereft of the leading lights in women's tennis.

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