Guitar man Kevin Anderson wants rhythm not blues against Roger Federer

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed France's Adrian Mannarino to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.

In the first set when Federer led 2-0, he just defended a return from the Frenchman.

Fans will be hoping that he can meet another sentimental favourite Roger Federer in the final after he dispatched Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.

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.

"Not really. I'm telling myself why didn't I break the first game of the second", a grinning Federer said as he stood three wins away from lifting the men's trophy for a record ninth time.

He has also held serve for 81 successive games at the tournament, a run stretching back the first set of his semi-final win against Tomas Berdych in 2017.

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said Federer after his 6th win in 6 meetings against French left-hander Mannarino.

'I knew I had a good chance out there today.

Nadal also claimed it was important for himself to be in the last eight of Wimbledon.

Around 90 minutes later, Nadal seemed to work considerably harder in subduing Vesely, the world No93.

There are uncertainties in that lineup - but the story at the end of the drama is likely to be the same as it has been for the past seven grand slam tournaments: victory for either Federer or Nadal. I think the right way of looking at it is: "It's an opportunity to test myself against a player of Roger's caliber", said Anderson, who is 0-4 against Federer.

The match between No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon was suspended due to darkness and will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, seeded a lowly 12 this year, can make his 10th Wimbledon quarter-final if he defeats unseeded Karen Khachanov, the world number 40 from Russian Federation.

"He's got weapons, a big serve and a big forehand", said Djokovic of the world number 40. He's now won 32 straight sets, two shy of his career best in 2005-06, according to The Guardian. I served well when I needed to.

The victor of that clash will take on either Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori or unseeded Ernests Gulbis.

Former world number one Djokovic has a 13-2 winning record against the Japanese player. When I'm doing that, I think I'm a very risky player.

Rafael Nadal on Monday reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

"Of course, it's important for me to be in these quarter-finals". She won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 - becoming the first German to win a Slam since Steffi Graf in 1999 - and reached the Wimbledon final that year.

The action has continued on day eight at Wimbledon, aka "Manic Monday" with Serena Williams powering her way past fellow tennis mum Evgeniya Rodina while Rafael Nadal accounted for Jiri Vesely to make the first quarter-finals at the tournament for the first time in seven years.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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