"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth". The Swiss only sees positives from it. 'I don't doubt myself too much about the decision, because it's also a decision I take for my longevity, and it's good for my family, my wife, it's good to be together with no pressure of having matches and being in the spotlight all the time.
Sometimes the obvious is invisible to the uncritical or dreaming eye.
"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said Federer after his 6th win in 6 meetings against French left-hander Mannarino.
Williams, who is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title, was even more efficient, needing 62 minutes to dispatch the 120th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-2. A tip of the hat to those who recall the boys' winners from 2001-2003 (Roman Valent, Todd Reid and Florin Mergea) and a standing ovation to anyone who knows how they are passing their time these days. "It never happened to me in my career", Cibulkova fumed.
The heat elsewhere will be in the fire of competition.
Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.
Rafael Nadal is in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. 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.
"I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets".
The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men's grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of. It forced him to work a bit harder to break serve and create opportunities to close the match with an efficiency that should serve him well in future rounds. The Spaniard has looked excellent in three quick wins, and should be equally impressive against 24-year-old Jiri Vesely, who saw off Fabio Fognini. His problem has always been the first week of Wimbledon, not the second week.
The other matchup on the top half of the draw is No. 9 John Isner against No. 13 Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the 2016 semifinals before losing in the final.
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko is only 21 but is already a Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open past year, and she credits ballroom dancing for helping with her footwork.
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