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Wimbledon 2018 Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer quarterfinals after beating Gael Monfils

Wimbledon 2018 Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer quarterfinals after beating Gael Monfils Wimbledon 2018 Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer quarterfinals after beating Gael Monfils
Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 20:11

Like a vintage Rolls Royce, Federer cruised into the last eight for a mind-boggling 16th time with another imperious centre court display at The All England Club.

Top-seeded Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal on Monday with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino, seeded 22nd, of France.

Federer will next play another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, or South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

'It was an important moment for me, I am happy to be where I am, ' he said. He finally got on the scoreboard when he held his opening service game, having saved four break points to do so in a game that lasted half as long as the entire first set. I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble. The 27-year-old Canadian, runner-up to Andy Murray in 2016, triumphed 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2. I lost in the fourth round against a player I can lose to (Nick Kyrgios), 2015 was a very bad year for me, not on grass, on most of the surfaces. Asked if he had expected to be switched to Centre, where matches can go on till 11pm under floodlights, the three-times Wimbledon champion said: "Of course, it's always an option".

Nadal, chasing an 18th major, leads former US Open champion Del Potro 10-5 and Simon 8-1. "That it happened to be in straights, it helps me for to save energy for the rest of the tournament". And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Andre Agassi believes Roger Federer will be fearful of taking on his old rival Rafael Nadal if they meet in this Sunday's Wimbledon final.

He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.

Elsewhere in fourth round action, Dominika Cibulkova launched a scathing attack on Wimbledon's officials after a line call controversy marred her 6-4, 6-1 win against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.

Angelique Kerber is not exactly a new face.

The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday's men's singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (1500GMT).

The Swiss maestro swept away his opponent Adrian Manarinno in three sets, but it was a nonchalant flow of the racket in the third set which caught the eyes of willow-lovers.

Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 13th time after beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4, 6-2.

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