Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Sweet 16 for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Sweet 16 for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Del Potro showed his battling qualities by surviving a closely fought fourth round encounter with Gilles Simon that spanned two days, eventually coming through 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.

Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand victor, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak.

But he persevered through dark times and is rewarded with his second successive Slam quarter-final - the first time he has done that since reaching the last eight at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2012.

Standing in the way yet could be fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals - the Argentine's fourth-round match was suspended with him holding a 2-1 set lead - and then possibly three-time champion Djokovic in the semifinals. But the 26-year-old underdog isn't ruling out an epic upset against Williams.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, the highest-seeded woman remaining at No. 7, plays Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. As you have already guessed, it's Wimbledon time.

The second seed defeated Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court.

"I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest."

Defending champion Roger Federer sauntered into the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a dominant display Monday, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4.

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For Kevin Anderson it was a day of firsts on Monday.

But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time. The three have lost one set between them all tournament.

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Williams, who is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title, was even more efficient, needing 62 minutes to dispatch the 120th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-2.

The 32-year-old is also appearing in his 35th Grand Slam quarter-final.

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. "After she was complaining, they were talking in Chinese, whatever language".

Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber stepped up her bid to return to the title match with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is taking on Russian Daria Kasatkina on Centre Court.

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