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Guitar man Kevin Anderson wants rhythm not blues against Roger Federer

Alex de Minaur 'I like Rafael Nadal but I am a Roger Federer fan' Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts
Jan Ortega | 11 July, 2018, 00:31

Federer took his tally of consecutive sets won on London's hallowed grass courts to 32 with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 dispatch of risky French left-hander Adrian Mannarino.

In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.

Federer, who will face either Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils in the last eight, needed just 16 minutes to wrap up the opening set against Mannarino. It was a year in which he won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, while he ended the season with a 70-6 record, but more significantly, a 10-1 showing against Federer and Nadal. "I knew he was much better than that first set and I think he showed that".

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006. In 2017, in a video interview with Wimbledon, Tendulkar said that he has been following the Swiss maestro for the last 10 years and spoke about how he admires Federer as a person because he is humble and kind.

Bertens and Pliskova had reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Thereafter it was Federer's familiar playground as he rattled off ridiculously easy wins over Dusan Lajovic, Lukas Lacko, Jan-Lennard Struff and Adrian Mannarino, a Who's Who of "Who?" to many.

Juan Martin del Potro powered through to only his second Wimbledon quarter-final after beating Gilles Simon.

But that third-round fixture was a natural, with a three-time champion playing the British No 1. He made it and also, in a fantastic way.' Nadal himself said: 'I am not thinking every day about that final. Shouldn't really happen, but thankfully they do for me.

After seven years of struggles, Rafael Nadal is finally looking like a contender again at Wimbledon.

Williams celebrated her milestone 100th match at The All England Club with a 90th win, needing just a tick over an hour to see off Russian qualifier and fellow tennis mum Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2.

Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one - 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 - when their fourth-round match was suspended under fading light.

Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.

Raonic has the greater experience at Wimbledon, however, reaching at least the last eight in four of his past five appearances here - including a run to the 2016 final where he was beaten by home favourite Andy Murray.

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