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Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts

11 July 2018

Novak Djokovic ensured he will have a Wimbledon rest day on Tuesday after beating Karen Khachanov and the fading light to reach the quarter-finals. "I knew he was much better than that first set and I think he showed that".

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

Federer, who last went to Court One in 2015 for his quarter-final win over Gilles Simon, will be playing in his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final and 53rd at all Grand Slams. I thought it was a good scoreline, but it was tougher than the score, to be honest. "If it happens, it happens".

Djokovic may have lost the Queen's final to Marin Cilic, but his display was an announcement to the world of tennis that this is a man ready to fight on the big stage once more. Isner has unleashed a tournament-leading 135 aces while Canadian 13th seed Raonic is in second place, having fired 117.

The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon chiefs insisted again on Monday that the men's final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England FIFA World Cup triumph. "It's going to help my volleys when I'm at the net stay a little bit lower, these kind of things. If they're not moving as well, it's hard for them to be in balance for passing shots".

Bertens and Pliskova had reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. "I've lost a lot of close ones since that match in 2010 - a lot of very, very close ones, a lot of deep five-set matches, third round especially".

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"I will try to hold my service games most of the time. I feel physically, mentally ready, fit, positive".

Clearly, the King of Clay hasn't forgotten how to play on grass. "It's a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow". "It's always a big challenge".

By contrast, Federer and Nadal have played exclusively on the 15,000-seater Centre Court.

Simon had an early break in the fourth set, but Del Potro hit back and was on the verge of victory until the Frenchman saved four match points to take it to another tie-break.

Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-8 when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the 8th-seeded South African. He's played there a few more times than that.

Nadal, like Federer yet to drop a set, routed world number 93 Vesely on the eve of the Czech player's 25th birthday.

The Serb has only played once on Centre this year - his third-round win over Edmund.

Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts