Untroubled Federer into Wimbledon last 16

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2018

A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title without dropping a set. Just pretty insane, " said McDonald, who grew up in California, and now is based at the U.S. Tennis Association's main training facility in Florida. She was the unlucky player to miss out on a seeding when Serena Williams was handed No 25, but the world No 32 has channelled that frustration in supreme style, brushing aside home favourite Johanna Konta and 15th seed Elise Mertens - both in straight sets. She sat out Wimbledon past year while pregnant.

The heat elsewhere will be in the fire of competition.

It was a record opening week in the women's singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the fourth round.

French Open semi-finalist Keys struggled for most of the match as she committed 48 unforced errors in a disappointing display.

"This is only my second serious tournament back", Williams, who is returning from a maternity leave, said. Gone are two of the touted glamour prodigies, Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev, along with the fallen enigma Nick Kyrgios, leaving the stage to faces as familiar as your grandfather's to fight for the prize.

Even if Federer is tested by the players in his half of the draw, it won't compare to what Nadal has to go through as major champions Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic are still alive. It demonstrated two truths: Djokovic, beatable on Murray's best day, was still too good for Edmund in one of his own less dominant moods.

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The match was moved to a smaller court because previously scheduled matches on Court 1 ran long. Probably, although the Russian with the golden arm will make him work for it. The victor will face either Gael Monfils, another enigmatic Frenchman, or eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

World number one Rafael Nadal took to the practice courts ahead of his last-16 tie with Jiri Vesely on Monday - and soon found himself in very familiar company.

"It's my first win against a world number one", said 26-year-old Hsieh.

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. He has lost the previous five but impressed in their most -recent meeting, in Basel past year, when he won the opening set.

Earlier on Friday, Gael Monfils advanced to the fourth round for the first time after knocking out last year's semifinalist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Angelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko are the only other previous major winners left in the field, and they're part of a group looking to make life hard for Williams in her first Grand Slam tournament back from maternity leave.

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