Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Wimbledon glance: Federer, Nadal, Williams start Week 2

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Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 22:51

"You always tend to play better against better players and I am happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon".

Federer has won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, 34 in a row from the third round in 2005 to the final in 2006.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal comfortably overcame Jiri Vesely to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.

With the draw opening up in her favour, Williams is widely expected to make history with a first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September past year.

"I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest", Federer said after setting up a last eight meeting with another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, or South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

Eight-time champion Federer lost just five points in a devastating opening set which he won 6-0 in less than 17 minutes.

Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Adrian Mannarino. The only consolation for the 22nd-seeded Mannarino was that he became the first player to earn a break point on Federer's serve during the tournament.

Mannarino won only one point on his own serve as Federer hit 11 winners to just one unforced error. His confidence appeared fully intact, though, as he saved the first with a forehand onto the line, the second with a 107mph second serve and the third with an ace.

Although there's been upsets galore at the season's third major, there are still quite a few big names left in the tournament, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. "I can only really practice it with my coach". Something, Austria's junior singles player Jurij Rodionov had to endure past year when he was sent off the court after officials twice checked his underwear on the court and determined it was too dark to meet the tournament's dress code.

The outsider, who beat Daniil Medvedev in five sets to reach the last-16, faltered at the worst possible moment, however, and gave Federer two break points at 5-5.

"Novak (Djokovic) and Rafa (Nadal), all these guys are still in the draw", he said.