Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Sweet 16 for Federer at Wimbledon

Alexander Zverev 'It would be a dream to face Roger Federer at Wimbledon' Serena Williams and Roger Federer march on at Wimbledon but Venus bows out
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 19:26

Federer had spent just four hours and 19 minutes on court in the first week, a shorter time than his entire 2008 final against Rafael Nadal.

World number 130 Gulbis came through qualifying and shocked fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the third round.

Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and Wimbledon is one of his happiest hunting grounds.

It was déjà vu for Mannarino, 30, moments later as he again failed to trouble the scorers, Federer hitting a superb forehand on the run to break yet again. I know on the women's side more so.

"In the past it has made me nervous when I've seen bigger guys go out. I didn't feel the effect this time".

"A couple of guys pretending they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match", said the former world number one. "I think it just helps me with keeping it exciting for me, as well, with options". "That's what I didn't like".

All 16 fourth round matches across the men's and women's events will be played on Monday.

She is the fourth former women's champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year's victor Garbine Muguruza.

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The 36-year-old faces Russian qualifier - and fellow mother - Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16.

At this year's tournament, Australia's John Millman became the latest player to be ensnared by the underwear police when his choice was deemed to be too colourful.

The No 1 seed produced another superb display on Centre Court as he cantered to a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory and remains firmly on course for a record-extending ninth title at the All England Club.

It is a remarkable record sure to alarm her opponents, but Williams, seeded 25th after her maternity leave, admits that fear factor can be a double-edged sword.

"I always have to check the score first", he said.

"I work very hard every day to be a better player and I now think I can beat these kind of players", Mannarino said.

Venus couldn't complete a third consecutive comeback as she lost to 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round on Friday (Saturday NZT). Williams will follow Federer at Centre Court, and she plays 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.