London: Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be expected to maintain their flawless progress at Wimbledon as the title favourites head into the fourth round looking to survive the tournament’s giant-killing carnage on Monday. Federer has been in imperious mood in pursuit of his ninth Wimbledon crown, while Williams is rounding into form just as the seven-time champion’s rivals have collapsed all around her. The status quo has been challenged like never before in the women’s singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the Wimbledon last 16 for the first time in the Open area.
Federer is undefeated against Mannarino
Federer’s 175th win from 200 career grass-court matches saw him overtake Jimmy Connors as the most successful male player on the surface. Next, the Swiss star faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarter-finals. World number two Federer, eyeing a 21st Grand Slam title, has won all five of his previous meetings with Mannarino, a 30-year-old journeyman who has never been past the last 16 at a major.
Can Serena Williams equal Margaret Court’s record?
With the draw opening up in her favour, Serena Williams is widely expected to make history with a first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September last year. The 36-year-old faces Russian qualifier – and fellow mother – Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16. Williams will equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles if she wins Wimbledon for the third time in the last four years.
Another Federer-Nadal final?
London: On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final that is widely considered the ‘greatest ever tennis match’ it seems like the stars may be aligning for greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet in another potential epic. The pair are once again the two best players in the world, having split the last six Grand Slam titles between them and a blockbuster rematch might be on the cards come July 15 as they have both reached the fourth round at the championships without dropping a set.