Wimbledon: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic advance to quarter finals

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 to solidify the view he can finally win this tournament for a third occasion.

Novak Djokovic's clash with Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal's duel with Juan Martin del Potro share the Centre Court limelight.

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.

Here's how the last eight men standing match up.

"It's what I wished for", said Djokovic when asked if he would have preferred to move to Centre Court.

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club. Only my second time out on Centre Court.

However, Djokovic immediately and emphatically responded with a break to love, and then forged a 4-2 lead when Khachanov fired into the net, only for the Russian to maintain the frenetic nature of the opener with a second break of his own.

On Monday, Swiss tennis star channeled his inner Tendulkar while playing his fourth-round match against France's Adrian Mannarino.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

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Later seven-time champion Serena Williams faces 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy, and 13th-seeded Julia Goerges faces Kiki Bertens as the pair both play in their first Wimbledon quarterfinal. We are talking about me being in the quarter-finals. "I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong", she said.

If his big serve - which has blasted 96 aces in four matches - kicks in, Federer could be in trouble.

His opponent on Wednesday is eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson, the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 to get to the last eight.

The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.

Anderson, 32, is one of the biggest servers on tour and the hot conditions are helping his game, however, the 2017 US Open finalist has never taken a set off Federer in four previous meetings.

Meanwhil, world number 26, Mannarino raised his game in the following two sets.

A battle of the big servers which is likely to see plenty of baseline rallies and not much court-craft.

Juan Martín del Potro thumped Nadal in the 2009 semi, before taking down Federer in the final.

Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova. The grass isn't as slick as usual, the ball is bouncing higher, making the playing conditions more to Nadal's liking. He made it and also, in a fantastic way.' Nadal himself said: 'I am not thinking every day about that final.

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