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Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer's Cricket Skills Impress Sachin Tendulkar

11 July, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Tomorrow, Federer will have the chance to break his own Wimbledon record of 34, recorded between...

For all those punters convinced of a Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal final on Sunday, it is worth recalling a cautionary tale from a decade ago.

The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Centre Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.

The underdog was far more competitive thereafter, but Federer still triumphed easily and will face Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson in his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

"Of course, it is important for me to be in these quarter-finals". "I knew he was much better than that first set and I think he showed that".

Yet the 22-year-old, playing in the last 16 for the second successive grand slam, saw his hopes severely hindered by mistakes and a sliced forehand wide gave Djokovic a pair of break points - only one of which he needed. Djokovic reached his 41st career major quarterfinal, tying Jimmy Connors for second all time.

Bertens and Pliskova had reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Isner has a higher percentage of landing first serves than anyone else, while only Federer has won more points on his first serve than Raonic.

Rafael Nadal is in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.


The world No.1 and reigning French Open champion also extended his grand slam streak to 11 matches to book an appointment on Wednesday with either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or veteran Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Elsewhere, Milos Raonic beat Mackenzie McDonald in four sets to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

Goerges will face seven-time champion Serena Williams in the semifinals on Thursday.

Tendulkar has confessed on many occasions that he is a fan of Federer and is a regular at the All England Club when The Championships are held. "It's always like a big war for me when I play Novak".

However, the form he is in, they could align all the stars against him, blindfold him, strap an elephant to his ankle and he would still make it through to the weekend - with no disrespect to Anderson, the 2017 US Open finalist and seeded eighth here.

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

This came after Federer took to channeling his inner Tendulkar while playing his fourth-round match against France's Adrian Mannarino whom he defeated 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.

Djokovic may have lost the Queen's final to Marin Cilic, but his display was an announcement to the world of tennis that this is a man ready to fight on the big stage once more.

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