Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer cruises into last eight

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal closed in on a dream Wimbledon final as the sport's two greatest players swept into the last eight on Monday.

Federer fired another warning to his title rivals in another very complete performance.

In beating France's Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5, 6-4, on Monday, Roger Federer faced a situation he hasn't seen throughout Wimbledon this year - break point.

Nishikori needed lengthy treatment and a medical timeout on his arm injury in the first set and had to save two set points in the third.

Mannarino managed a fightback of sorts in the second set, but Federer never looked like he got out of second gear as he cantered into the next round at the All England Club.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon as he set up a last eight encounter with either number eight seed Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals previous year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams.

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Nadal, meanwhile, was similarly impressive, dispatching Czech Republican star Jiri Vesely to win 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Former world No. 6 Monfils has only once reached the quarter-final at the Australian Open - in 2016 - when he was defeated by Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic.

Bertens, who ousted Pliskova and Venus Williams in the first round, reached the French Open semi-finals in 2016. "I'm going to have to really take it to him".

"If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes".

In many respects, the Swiss was playing against a standard he has set for himself on grass, which has become his natural habitat.

But is the Serb's recovering game sound enough yet, or his elbow sufficiently strong to keep rattling down those aces, to intimidate a player made in Edmund's power-play mode, Karen Khachanov, in the third match on No 1 Court on Monday?

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. "Luckily for me it didn't happen", Djokovic said after he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the last eight for a 10th time. He was gifted a first-week stroll as pleasant as a walk on Wimbledon Common and begins the fourth round on Centre Court at 1pm against Adrian Mannarino. Then he showed that he is top 30 after all, he played two good sets after that. "You're talking about Federer who has won 20 of these Grand Slams". He hadn't been this far at the All England Club since 2011, losing to men ranked 100th or worse on four of his past five appearances. No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko vs. Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 13 Julia Goerges vs.