Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Roger, Serena, Rafa bring best to Wimbledon’s Centre Court

Roger, Serena, Rafa bring best to Wimbledon’s Centre Court

Federer defeated Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach the quarter-final of Wimbledon 2018.

The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Centre Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.

Simon, looking for his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, secured the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the second set when Del Potro netted a return.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19, leaving him just two short of his best run in the tournament, achieved across 2005 and 2006. "After that, I feel like I got, how do you say, there is a buzz for me". With South African Kevin Anderson taking nearly 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in a four-set thriller in the previous match, Djokovic was left with about two hours of daylight to complete his match against Karen Khachanov if wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday again.

"Certainly this tournament, since that long match, has sort of been a house of horrors for me", Isner said.

Elsewhere, Milos Raonic beat Mackenzie McDonald in four sets to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon chiefs insisted again on Monday that the men's final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England FIFA World Cup triumph.


"To be fair and honest, we have to think about the things that happened".

Below is a breakdown of each draw and a look at the four players with the best chances to advance to the men's and women's finals.

After Federer's first-round victory over Dusan Lajovic, the 36-year-old admitted he still gets nervous before stepping on court despite having 20 major titles to his name.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals a year ago in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams. His decision to skip the French Open this year, for instance, helped him keep his legs for Wimbledon.

If Anderson is to shock Federer, who has only lost once before the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 15 years, he will need to call up the heavy artillery which has served him well at the tournament this year. "Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russian Federation, how they're going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time". In the women's draw it is being generated by a mix of old and young aspirants after the filleting of the top 10 which left only seventh seed Karolina Pliskova upright after six days.

Although he was broken twice in the opening set, Djokovic was rattling through the games at supersonic speed. He will face Djokovic next in his first quarterfinals appearance at the All England Club. "I probably won't have another 6-0 set this week, so I'll enjoy this one".

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