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Roger Federer cruises into Wimbledon quarter-finals

10 July 2018

The No. 1 seed Roger Federer, defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round of the Wimbledon 2018 on Monday, with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 drubbing.

Kei Nishikori - Nick Kyrgios's third-round vanquisher - also marched through, the Japanese superstar stopping fatiguing Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 to make his first Wimbledon quarter final.

But Federer again stepped up when it mattered, breaking serve to take the set 7-5 and re-assert his dominance.

"[He has] this very calm aura that he brings on the court - that even if everything goes wrong, it still seems like everything is ideal and it's okay", said the 6-foot-4 Tsitsipas. "When you watch Federer, it's like the best thing on television". Then he showed that he is top 30 after all, he played two good sets after that. So, too, is 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the Swiss.

Tsitsipas, whose Greek father and Russian mother are both tennis coaches, had set a goal at the beginning of the year of reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.

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'It was an important moment for me, I am happy to be where I am, ' he said. "Today's a little bit more hard". "I'm going to have to really take it to him".

Shapovalov's Wimbledon ended in the second round.

Centre Court will rarely have played host to a more one-sided set than Monday's opener, in which Mannarino was embarrassingly outclassed for the most part.

It was tennis for the gluttonous: a feast. It shouldn't be a shock, and, "Oh, my God, I can't believe it, I lost a set".

Federer, the tournament's top seed and defending champion, swept through the first set against Adrian Mannarino of France in just 16 minutes, allowing only five points in the six games. The chair umpire intoned "Game, Federer" so frequently, it began to sound like the refrain of a song.

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. On a day when the British government cabinet was collapsing, two lefties duked it out on Centre Court with punishing groundstrokes.

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Lurking on Federer's side of the draw is an intriguing unknown: the unseeded Mackenzie McDonald, who sounds as if he should have drifted down from the Highlands but is in fact a 23-year-old Californian with a solid pedigree and little to lose. And he won the point 90 percent of the time he landed his first serve.

Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena? "He could have won that second set and the match would have been different", Federer admitted speaking about his opponent. It forced him to work a bit harder to break serve and create opportunities to close the match with an efficiency that should serve him well in future rounds.

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", said Anderson, the first South African man in the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1994. And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Isner, 33, will be playing in his first quarter-final at the majors since the 2011 US Open when he faces former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

Thirteen Wimbledon championships between them and 49 grand slam titles overall, it was quite the historic training run.

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Roger Federer cruises into Wimbledon quarter-finals