Federer brings back the SABR at Wimbledon

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal comfortably overcame Jiri Vesely to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.

The clay-court king, who won an 11th French Open last month, has had trouble moving on to grass in recent years, and has suffered some shock defeats, but he looks at home so far and has yet to drop a set.

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

He likely will face 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals and 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

The eight-time champion needed only 16 minutes to win the first set against France's Adrian Mannarino.

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.

Federer admitted after beating Jan-Lennard Struff in the previous round that he pulled out his half-volley return, dubbed the SABR or Sneak Attack By Roger, to keep his Wimbledon stroll exciting.

With that, the door shut on Mannarino as Federer broke for a 5-4 lead and served it out to love.

Some of the favorites to win Wimbledon dropped out of the tournament at a rapid pace during the first week of play at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Thirteen Wimbledon championships between them and 49 grand slam titles overall, it was quite the historic training run.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams. But I really didn't come here to hold No. 1.

The outsider, who beat Daniil Medvedev in five sets to reach the last-16, faltered at the worst possible moment, however, and gave Federer two break points at 5-5. His win earned him the record of most grass-court wins with 175.

Federer is taking on 22nd-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino before Williams faces Evgeniya Rodina in a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the tournament.

To his left? None other than Novak Djokovic.