Nadal marches past Vesely into Wimbledon last 8

Lynette Rowe
July 10, 2018

This exchange was made possible after Roger Federer took to channelling his inner Sachin Tendulkar while playing his Round of 16 match on Centre Court at the All England Club on "Manic" Monday.

Federer produced another near-faultless performance on Centre Court, outclassing France's Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach the last eight.

By contrast, eight-time champion Federer, and Nadal, the title victor on two occasions, have played exclusively on the 15,000-seater Centre Court.

Sixteen minutes, one unforced error, all six games won and just five points dropped in the second-quickest set he has ever played at the All England Club.

His opponent on Wednesday is eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson, the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 to get to the last eight.

'It was an important moment for me, I am happy to be where I am, ' he said. He has also held serve for 81 successive games at the tournament, a run stretching back the first set of his semi-final win against Tomas Berdych in 2017. I feel like I'm playing some of the best tennis of my career.

Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one - 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 - when their fourth-round match was suspended under fading light. "I didn't play on grass for a whole year", Nadal said.

Federer remains unbroken in the tournament in reaching the last eight and has a very kind draw through to the showpiece final.

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Yet Federer quickly snuffed out the danger and broke in the next game before rounding off the match in typically ruthless fashion.

Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016.

Nadal will face either Argentina's fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro or Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals. And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. We are not talking about already that I played a final or I won the tournament.

The victor of that clash will take on either Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori or unseeded Ernests Gulbis.

Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand victor, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak. Sometimes I'm also complaining because I think it was a wrong call.

Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko enjoyed a 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 win against Belarusian world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 13th time after beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4, 6-2.

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