'Roger Federer is going to sell menswear,' Pat Cash

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

The world No.1 Nadal is on the court closest to the camera.

67 - Consecutive service games won at Wimbledon by Federer, a streak that dates to last year's semifinals. "I just came here to try to do the best tournament possible", he said.

Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches.

The top seed, who is yet to drop a set at this year's championships, did not relinquish a single break point during the 97-minute domination.

"I had my chances to win here a few years ago". In the women's draw it is being generated by a mix of old and young aspirants after the filleting of the top 10 which left only seventh seed Karolina Pliskova upright after six days.

"I played Pella, as well, before in Stuttgart on the grass".


The American won 6-3 6-3 6-4 on Court Three, serving 21 aces, to set up a last-16 meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

In the women's draw, seven-times victor Serena Williams overcame her first big test in confident fashion by beating France's Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6 (2).

Federer will next face French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino, who edged past Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-3.

The 36-year-old American will face another mother in the fourth round Monday: 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation, who upset No. 10 seed Madison Keys of the U.S. She was the unlucky player to miss out on a seeding when Serena Williams was handed No 25, but the world No 32 has channelled that frustration in supreme style, brushing aside home favourite Johanna Konta and 15th seed Elise Mertens - both in straight sets.

Williams is the only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the field.

"This is only my second serious tournament back", Williams, who is returning from a maternity leave, said.


"I just came out with a very different mindset".

The Canadian and his Austrian opponent were forced off by darkness in the third set on Friday night but Raonic, beaten by Andy Murray in the final in 2016, secured a quick break to take the third set before dominating the fourth to win 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 7-5 6-2.

A series of unexpected results have seen Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki all eliminated.

So while tennis fans around the world start dreaming, hoping and longing that the two most successful players on planet tennis will renew their rivalry on the sport's greatest stage, there is one person who is definitely not keen on the idea.

Zverev, playing for the third day in succession, was shocked by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, ranked 138, in a gruelling five sets, 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Meanwhile, 13th seed Julia Goerges, Donna Vekic, Ekaterina Makarova, Camila Giorgi all progressed to the fourth round.


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