Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Wimbledon 2018 -- Roger Federer cruises into quarterfinals

Wimbledon 2018 -- Roger Federer cruises into quarterfinals

In a sense, it is one more bullet point that belongs on the list of Federer's contributions to tennis when he retires: 20 Grand Slam titles (and counting); eight Wimbledon titles (and counting); and unofficial coach and mentor to the next generation that both reveres and hopes to supplant him one day, as he did Sampras almost two decades ago.

Federer has now won 32 straight sets at Wimbledon, two shy of his career best in 2005-06.

Federer, sublime so far, will be a step up but Anderson is making all the right noises as he prepares for arguably the biggest challenge in tennis. "I'm telling myself, 'Why didn't I break the first game of the second?'"

The game appears to be as easy as ever for Federer, who's efficiency on the court has only increased with age.

Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

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. Along with his 44 winners (to Mannarino's 18), all are hallmarks of a player in full command.

Clearly dejected, Mannarino said afterward that he wasn't rattled by the Centre Court spotlight or the size of the crowd.

"He's one of the best players on the tour".

However, the Frenchman did manage to earn a break point - the first Federer had faced in the tournament - as his opponent served for the set and then dug deep to stay with the Swiss in the second.

But Federer again stepped up when it mattered, breaking serve to take the set 7-5 and re-assert his dominance.

Yet Federer quickly snuffed out the danger and broke in the next game before rounding off the match in typically ruthless fashion. I didn't play on grass for a whole year. No. 20 Kiki Bertens.

Anderson is the first South African man in the Wimbledon last-eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

"I'm going to have to really take it to him".

World number one Nadal has now reached the last eight in four consecutive Grand Slams for the first time since 2011 but he will not want to stop there.

"It was an important victory as since 2011 I have not been in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon".

England's footballers play in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 when they face Croatia on Wednesday, and supporters will be at fever pitch if they win to reach their first final since 1966.

Djokovic, meanwhile, reached the quarterfinals for the 10th time with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Should No. 103 Mackenzie McDonald defeat former runner-up Milos Raonic later Monday, it will be the first time since 2000 that two men outside the top 100 have made the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

For Nadal, this marks a return.

"It's true, it has been a while", Nadal said. Sometimes I'm also complaining because I think it was a wrong call.

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