Federer qualifies for Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set

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Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Like Federer, who earlier beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4, Nadal is through to the last eight without dropping a set.

Since he exited Wimbledon at the first-round stage a year ago, Anderson has enjoyed a solid return, making four finals, including his deep run at the US Open where he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Center Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.

With South African Kevin Anderson taking nearly 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in a four-set thriller in the previous match, Djokovic was left with about two hours of daylight to complete his match against Karen Khachanov if wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday again.

The win also allowed Isner, the highest-ranked USA man, to have something about Wimbledon to relish other than his victory in the longest match in tennis history: 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours spread over three days in 2010.

Federer seemed pleased that his opponent raised his level in the second set after a first set he described as "almost too easy". He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4), to whom he held a 0-5 head-to-head record entering the match. A former world number 15, she talked about retiring previous year, saying that tennis "just wasn't fun" any more and that her main goal in 2018 was to feel good.

Bertens and Pliskova had reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

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And a young, likeable side with an eminently sensible and humble manager in Southgate have captured the hearts of a nation. England have made their way to the semi-finals of the World Cup , the first time they have done so since Italia 1990.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the ideal role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack.

Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016.

No. 24 Kei Nishikori avoided an upset, winning 4-6, 7-5 (5), 7-6 (10), 6-1 over unseeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. 'Of course, it helps for the grass-court season, I hope it helps for Wimbledon which is my number one priority.

Rafael Nadal has breezed into his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011.

Angelique Kerber is not exactly a new face. I think people can see that and can feel that.

Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand victor, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak.

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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