Top-seeded Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal on Monday with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino, seeded 22nd, of France.
The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this year’s tournament, saving all four. Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.
Later on yesterday, Rafael Nadal also extended his streak of not dropping at set in Wimbledon. The second seed defeated Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, reaches his first Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2011, when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.
When asked if Nadal would rather not play Federer in the final, should they meet, Nadal said, “If he’s in the final, I am excited to play Roger. I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final. … Facing Roger again (would) be something fantastic.
“If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. That’s the point. It’s about being smart, no?”
American John Isner also advanced in straight sets Monday, over No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Isner rode his big serve to advance over the Greek teenager 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4). He next faces No. 13 Milos Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
It’s the first time Isner has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals and is just his second quarterfinal at a major. His only other quarterfinals appearance was at the 2011 US Open.
Kevin Anderson also advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal. He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4). Anderson, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 U.S. Open, had lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon on three previous occasions.
The eighth-seeded Anderson will meet defending champion Federer in the next round.
No. 24 Kei Nishikori avoided an upset, winning 4-6, 7-5 (5), 7-6 (10), 6-1 over unseeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.
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