Defending champion Roger Federer stayed on course for a record ninth Wimbledon title on Monday as he thumped Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

A spectator throws a ball back to the court during France's Gilles Simon fourth round match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. (Reuters)


The Swiss top seed needed only 16 minutes to wrap up the first set and next faces Kevin Anderson who battled past Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(4).

Rafael Nadal was equally brutal in his 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely to book a quarter-final spot for the first time since 2011.

Former champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 to reach the last eight.

Djokovic, three-times winner at the All England Club, next meets 24th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1.

Seven-times champion Serena Williams powered past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, posting her 90th singles match win at the All England Club with a 6-2 6-2 victory.

German 11th seed Angelique Kerber ensured she was the highest-seeded player remaining in the women’s draw with a 6-3 7-6(5) win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori converted two out of eight break point opportunities and hit 47 winners as he overcame Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1 on Court Two.

American John Isner advanced with a 6-4 7-6(8) 7-6(4) win over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. joining him in the last eight was Canadian Milos Raonic who downed American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.

Julia Goerges, whose previous five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, produced a clinical display to beat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in their fourth-round clash. The German 13th seed prevailed in 75 minutes and meets Kiki Bertens next.

Seventh-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova suffered a 6-3 7-6(1) defeat by Kiki Bertens on Monday. With Pliskova’s exit, the top 10 seeds in the women’s draw have crashed out of the tournament.

Dominika Cibulkova powered past Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei 6-4 6-1 while Jelena Ostapenko came from 5-2 down in the first set to knock out Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(4) 6-0.


                     Source: NDO

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