Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Roger Federer's brilliant response to question about Wimbledon and WC Final clash

Roger Federer's brilliant response to question about Wimbledon and WC Final clash

The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Center Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19, leaving him just two short of his best run in the tournament, achieved across 2005 and 2006.

Just too bad that option was not available to Adrian Mannarino on Monday as he was tortured and tormented during a jaw-dropping opening set when he won only one point on his own serve.

The world number one will take on either Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon whose last-16 tie was suspended due to darkness on Monday with the Argentine fifth seed two sets to one ahead.

Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarter-final.

"If he's in the final, I am excited to play Roger", he said.

"But if you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. That's the point. It's about being smart, no?" Djokovic reached his 41st career major quarterfinal, tying Jimmy Connors for second all time. If he beats Milos Raonic, seeded 13, he would play either his compatriot John Isner - 10 years older than him but still hungry for success - or the youngest player left in the draw, the 19-year-old rising Greek star Stefanos Tstitsipas.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.

The 32-year-old was made to work just hard enough by the Czech, who is clearly more risky than his 93rd ranking suggests but he never looked in any danger of not booking a last eight spot - which he did for the first time since 2011.

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Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal. She is also a former world number one. "Of course this is an important result for me", he said.

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

And, 10 years on from his memorable win in an epic final against Roger Federer, a rematch could be on the cards on Sunday.

He'd never even been past the third round at the grass-court Grand Slam until this year. Shouldn't really happen but thankfully they do for me.

'Look, I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets.

Switzerland´s Roger Federer celebrates after beating France´s Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in their men´s singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Anderson, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 US Open, had lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon on three previous occasions.

"I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest", Federer said after setting up a last eight meeting with another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, or South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

The victor of that clash will take on Kei Nishikori, who overcame a right arm injury to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final with a gritty 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. He will face Djokovic next in his first quarterfinals appearance at the All England Club. Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7 when his tie with Simon was halted for the night due to darkness.

The world No.1 Nadal is on the court closest to the camera.

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