London: Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday, without dropping a set.
Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African.
Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.
German 11th seed Angelique Kerber became the highest-ranked player to reach the women’s quarterfinals after she outclassed Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5) at Wimbledon on Monday. -Agencies
Nadal reaches 1st Quarterfinal in 7 yrs
Rafael Nadal is into the quarterfinals after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It’s unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Giles Simon.
18 in a row! Serena extends run to make QF
Serena Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes on Monday. Williams, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club.
Wimbledon won’t budge on WC final clash
London: Wimbledon chiefs insisted again on Monday that the men’s final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph. The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2 pm start time for Sunday’s men’s singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4 pm in the UK. Should England defeat Croatia in semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.