Nadal back in Wimbledon quarters after 7 years

Nadal back in Wimbledon quarters after 7 years

Javier Howell
July 11, 2018

The 22nd-seeded Mannarino became the first man to earn a break point against Federer at the tournament, but was unable to take any of his four opportunities.

One more straight-sets win would have Federer eclipsing his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 sets in a row between the third round in 2005 and the 2006 final.

"This is only my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response. So it's really cool.

"His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson. Both players are still very emotional talking about it and so are the people who watched it, including younger players who are now in the tennis elite.

Bertens, who was contemplating retirement past year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, is the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

Also, the last of the women's top-10 seeds was knocked out at Wimbledon.

Pliskova crashed to a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) to big-hitting Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, leaving world No.11 Angelique Kerber as the highest-ranked player left in the wide-open draw.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.

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Isner rode his big serve to advance over the Greek teenager 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4).

'He's not been in the latter stages of a major event so much recently - I think Queen's was his first final in a year and he looked like he had a few doubts in that match against Marin Cilic - but in terms of his level and the way he's playing, I think he's back where he wants to be.

He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.

Elsewhere in fourth round action, Dominika Cibulkova launched a scathing attack on Wimbledon's officials after a line call controversy marred her 6-4, 6-1 win against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.

Rafael Nadal on Monday reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

Del Potro raised his game again, though, claiming his third tie-break success of the match to book his date with Nadal. His only other quarterfinals appearance was at the 2011 US Open.

Monfils and Anderson have yet to get to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, although the French shotmaker may just be the slight favorite as he has a 5-0 winning record over the big South African.