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Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal Prefers Not To Face Roger Federer In Final

Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts Roger Federer is the favorite at the 2018 Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal is most likely to win
| 11 July, 2018, 08:12

Milos Raonic is playing up to his No. 13 seed, and he'll go up against American John Isner. And in the pressure cooker of Centre Court on Saturday, he dismissed Edmund in four sets - silencing the crowd with a display of true grit.

"His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson. "Of course, it's important for me to be in these quarter-finals". The two have never battled on grass, however.

The ICC responded with a joke as they shared an image of the Test batting rankings, which showed the 8-time Wimbledon champion ranked as the No 1 Test batsman in the world - subsequently "knocking" off Australia's Steve Smith.

The menace was back in Djokovic's eyes, and he took this momentum with him when seeing off Karen Khachanov in straight sets on Monday.

Centre Court will rarely have played host to a more one-sided set than Monday's opener, in which Mannarino was embarrassingly outclassed for the most part. Federer has some pretty resounding victories against Anderson though and leads the H2H 4-0. "It's a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow".

Federer is bidding for his ninth Wimbledon title and will take on South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals which get under way on Wednesday.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon as he set up a last eight encounter with either number eight seed Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils.

In a sense, it is one more bullet point that belongs on the list of Federer's contributions to tennis when he retires: 20 Grand Slam titles (and counting); eight Wimbledon titles (and counting); and unofficial coach and mentor to the next generation that both reveres and hopes to supplant him one day, as he did Sampras almost two decades ago.


"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said 20-time major victor Federer.

Nadal hasn't made the Wimbledon quarterfinals since his finals appearance in 2011.

While Williams boasts 23 major championships, the remaining seven women have combined for just three: Angelique Kerber has won two (2016 Australian Open and 2016 U.S. Open) and Jelena Ostapenko one (2017 French Open).

Nishikori overcame a right arm injury to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinal with a gritty 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

Nadal will again try to dictate with his heavy topsin forehand and he will target Del Potro's backhand from the back of the court as much as possible. "Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russian Federation, how they're going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time". "It's about being smart, no?"

He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.

It won't be pretty.

Between them Raonic and Isner occupy the top two places in the ace count and fastest serves.

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