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Why Rafa Nadal won’t make the semis, and who can challenge Serena?

09 July 2018

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 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet in another mesmerizing epic. He has lost the previous five but impressed in their most -recent meeting, in Basel past year, when he won the opening set. Martina Navratilova shares Federer's 89 per cent win rate, but Navratilova has quite a few more matches up her sleeve.

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French Open champion Nadal, bidding for a first Wimbledon title since 2010, plays Czech world number 93 Jiri Vesely, while Djokovic takes on Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.

A throng of photographers gathered, as did a sizeable contingent of players, coaches and journalists, to see if it would actually happen. Every night thousands of fans sleep in the tent in order to try to buy the daily tickets the following morning, and Federer appreciates it.

Speaking after his third-round thrashing of Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, Federer said he was expecting a much more "strategic" match against Mannarino.

Djokovic goes into his match fuming at what he claimed was unfair treatment meted out to him from the Centre Court crowd on Saturday as he dumped out Kyle Edmund, Britain's last singles hope. "But I just wanted to make him think about my game style".

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Wimbledon's unique second Monday is guaranteed to be busy: This is the only Grand Slam tournament that schedules all 16 men's and women's fourth-round singles matches on one day's schedule.

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

Alex de Minaur has vowed to return to Wimbledon's Centre Court after savouring the most memorable moment of his young career even in defeat to world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

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

The pair are again the two best players in the world and have split the last six Grand Slam titles between them - taking their combined haul to an incredible 37 major titles.

Having missed Wimbledon previous year due to her pregnancy, Serena is on a 17-match winning streak at the All England Club. "You have to win the last point, and I didn't succeed in that today". It would be a great news for the Japanese company, Uniqlo who signed Federer with a mega deal of $300 million just before Wimbledon.

Why Rafa Nadal won’t make the semis, and who can challenge Serena?