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

Wimbledon glance: Federer, Nadal, Williams start Week 2

Wimbledon glance: Federer, Nadal, Williams start Week 2

No. 2 seed Nadal, a two-time champion, tries to get back to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011, meeting 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, while No. 12 Djokovic, who's won Wimbledon three times, meets 40th-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation. His win earned him the record of most grass-court wins with 175.

Nine out of the women's top 10 seeds have now exited the first week of competition and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova is the highest seed that remains.

Federer admitted he was surprised by the quick nature of the first set, which kick-started his progress to a 16th Wimbledon quarter-final. She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.

"It was important for me to stay focused". 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.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. "I didn't play on grass for a whole year", Nadal said.

The world number two has also now not dropped serve since the semi-finals past year.

Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-Wei.

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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.

Hsieh - who knocked out No. 1 Simona Halep in the third round - kept the ball in play by returning it over the net as Cibulkova immediately challenged.

Federer was first on Centre Court on Monday for what is known as Wimbledon's "Manic Monday", in which all 32 remaining singles players vie for a place in the quarterfinals. The Swiss superstar said there was heightened awareness, players reacting to not just change but competition too.

Having saved a host of break points, Mannarino eventually faltered at 5-5 and looked to be suffering from discomfort in his right groin as Federer held to love to open up a two-set lead. Visily broke Nadal midway through to provoke familiar concerns that a turnaround could strike but Nadal broke back immediately and sealed victory with his third match point to triumph 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Roger Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last 8. Not only has Federer not lost a set in the tournament so far, and not only hasn't he been broken so far, he hasn't so much as faced a single break point.

Monfils will next face eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who beat No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.

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