Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Vote for your Wimbledon men's victor as Roger Federer defends title

Vote for your Wimbledon men's victor as Roger Federer defends title

Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Adrian Mannarino.

The result extended Federer's run of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 32, two short of his career best from 2005-06, while he has not dropped serve since the semi-finals a year ago.

Mannarino was nevertheless able to frustrate his illustrious rival in the third set, even threatening to break for a 5-3 lead. And he watched it again and again, taking note of Federer's quickness, net game, serve, variety of tactics and, above all, his composure. He is also a player who always seems to get better as a tournament goes on, Federer can start some tournaments looking like he needs to improve a little.

"It's definitely helped a certain style of player, maybe the big servers", said 20-time major victor Federer. But the 26-year-old underdog isn't ruling out an epic upset against Williams.

The 36-year-old is more renowned for defending tennis titles than forward defences, but this dexterous left-handed shot displayed his innate sporting talent.

That won't happen here, at least not this year, for Tsitsipas or Shapovalov.

"The overall goal is try to win the tournament", the great Spaniard said.

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American John Isner also advanced in straight sets Monday, over No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"You're talking about Federer who has won 20 of these Grand Slams".

Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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

It was tennis for the gluttonous: a feast.

All remaining men's and women's singles title challengers are in action, with a Centre Court lineup that includes Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

All three easily handled outclassed opponents.

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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. The chair umpire intoned "Game, Federer" so frequently, it began to sound like the refrain of a song.

We can drop all of that, ' said Federer. He served 12 aces and no double faults.

Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena?

"The one thing I can assure you is that Nadal has never struggled for one second with motivation and while he has not been at his best on grass in recent years, he will think he can do well this year".

What lies ahead will now test Nadal to the fullest, though.

Speaking to the Tennis Podcast, pundit David Law said: "I just can't see how you can't put Djokovic v Niskikori on Centre Court". And he's now into the second week and has looked stronger with every round. His only other quarterfinals appearance was at the 2011 US Open. Both Kerber and Ostapenko are in the top half of the draw, while Williams is in the bottom half.

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