Wimbledon 2018: Predicting Men and Women's Finals Before Week 2

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

When asked if he was anxious about Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation clashing with the Wimbledon men's singles final, Roger Federer couldn't help but laugh.

Federer fired another warning to his title rivals in another very complete performance.

A year ago, officials refused to move Djokovic's match with Adrian Mannarino on to Centre even though the court sat empty, while on Monday they opted to give priority to a mixed doubles encounter once Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal had all swiftly booked their quarter-final berths.

Mannarino was never allowed to settle as an ultra-aggressive Federer executed some sublime winners from the back of the court.

He swept through the opening set in just 16 minutes, dropping just five points, before shifting down a gear to conserve petrol for his second-week drive to hopefully a ninth title.

So it's no wonder that Tsisipas, now 19 and one of the game's emerging stars, made a point of rewatching Federer's 2001 match against Sampras last week, the night before making his debut in Wimbledon's main draw.

Nadal faces Japan's Kei Nishikori in the last-eight on Wednesday as he continues his quest to win a third title at the All England Club.

The world number two has also now not dropped serve since the semi-finals previous year.

Nadal, who plays at a slower, more deliberate pace, had no trouble with 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely either, dismissing him, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, in less than two hours.

"I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final", he said.

Raonic fired 37 aces and 74 winners to defeat Mackenzie McDonald of the United States and reach the quarter-finals for the fourth time.

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here". Sometimes I'm also complaining because I think it was a wrong call.

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the Swiss.

Hsieh's protests to the umpire prompted the match referee to come on court to intervene as the argument lasted over seven minutes before the point was finally replayed, much to Cibulkova's disgust.

"I feel like these streaks just happen", he said. He rarely drops service and tends to win points on the first serve rather than wasting effort and going to a second.

"I'm a big player, big serve", he said.

Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one when their match was suspended because of darkness Monday night.

As the grass rested on a murderously hot Sunday, numerous 16 contenders left standing after a week of minor carnage prepared for a charge at the final weekend suspecting - but never admitting - that the winner's name is likely to be the one that has already been engraved on the trophy eight times.

Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarter-final. No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko vs. Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 13 Julia Goerges vs.

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