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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic face Wimbledon Centre Court dilemma

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Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2018, 16:45

Mannarino won only two points in the first five games and the opening set was brought to an end inside just 16 minutes.

Later on Monday, Rafael Nadal also extended his streak of not dropping a set in Wimbledon.

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, will face either Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth seed from Argentina, or unseeded Gilles Simon of France for a place in the semifinals.

Kei Nishikori - Nick Kyrgios's third-round vanquisher - also marched through, the Japanese superstar stopping fatiguing Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 to make his first Wimbledon quarter final.

Federer is up first, at 1pm local time on Centre Court, against Adrian Mannarino while Nadal will close the day's play inside the 15,000-seat stadium against Jiri Vesely.

"We are not talking about already that I played a final or I won the tournament".

"Roger wants to get to 21, Rafa wants to get to 18, Djokovic wants to get to 13 to get into the mix again so lots of storylines". If you ask me if I prefer another (opponent), I say yes. "That's the point. It's about being smart, no?"

But is the Serb's recovering game sound enough yet, or his elbow sufficiently strong to keep rattling down those aces, to intimidate a player made in Edmund's power-play mode, Karen Khachanov, in the third match on No 1 Court on Monday? Djokovic reached his 41st career major quarterfinal, tying Jimmy Connors for second all time.

A look at what's ahead in the World Cup
Having edged past Denmark on penalties in the last 16, Croatia overcame hosts Russian Federation in another dramatic shootout. Russian Federation are the first host nation to have been eliminated at the quarterfinals stage of a World Cup in 32 years.

American ninth seed John Isner also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/4) win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Isner, 33, has not been broken in 74 service games while Raonic has dropped serve just three times in 72 games.

The win also allowed Isner, the highest-ranked US man, to have something about Wimbledon to relish other than his victory in the longest match in tennis history: 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours spread over three days in 2010.

Having missed Wimbledon a year ago while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack. He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4), to whom he held a 0-5 head-to-head record entering the match. I think the right way of looking at it is: "It's an opportunity to test myself against a player of Roger's caliber", said Anderson, who is 0-4 against Federer.

"I didn't miss much so I was very happy with the match", the eight-times champion said after booking a last-eight date with South African Kevin Anderson.