Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Rafael Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Wimbledon

No. 2 seed Nadal, a two-time champion, tries to get back to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011, meeting 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, while No. 12 Djokovic, who's won Wimbledon three times, meets 40th-ranked Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation.

Nadal will play either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or France's Gilles Simon in the last eight.

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

The 32-year-old, who recently clinched his eleventh Roland Garros title in Paris, will next face Czech player Jiri Vesely to book his berth in the quarter-final of the Championship.

He could not sustain that pace but was never seriously threatened in a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory that sets up a meeting with either Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson.

Indeed the 24-year-old, aiming for his first Grand Slam quarter-final, won just two points on Nadal's serve in an opening set that lasted 31 minutes.

Nadal, who will remain as world No 1 even if he does not win the tournament because of the victory, will face Fabio Fognini or Jiri Vesely on Monday.

Roger Federer has breezed into the fourth round of Wimbledon to the surprise of pretty much no one.

With that, the door shut on Mannarino as Federer broke for a 5-4 lead and served it out to love.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is playing his first tournament since winning an 11th French Open title last month after pulling out of Queen's - a move which appears to be paying dividends.

Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

Williams is 6-2 in her career against Kerber, but the match might be better than expected given the tight major finals played between the two in 2016.

Leading 5-4 and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh's serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out. The grass isn't as slick as usual, the ball is bouncing higher, making the playing conditions more to Nadal's liking. Shouldn't really happen but thankfully they do for me.

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