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Juan Martin Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

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Jan-Lennard Struff

On the other side of the draw, Nadal has had a stroll as easy as Federer's and should have too much left for Juan Martín Del Potro, who needed a third tie-break to see off Gilles Simon in their held-over match on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's something anybody aims for, to win every match in straight sets", Federer said.

The American superstar advanced as no top-10 women's seeds made the quarter-finals in 50 years of professional tennis, following the fourth-round elimination of world No.7 Karolina Pliskova.

Djokovic has featured just once on Centre Court - against British home favourite Kyle Edmund in the last 32 - in the opening four rounds. Desperate to spoil the Federer and Nadal carnival over the next few days are six challengers - all of whom yearn to play the role of party pooper.

"It's what I wished for", said Djokovic when asked if he would have preferred to move to Centre Court.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, won easily over Russia's Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

And though his Wimbledon debut ended there Monday, when he ran into the big serve and arrhythmic game of the 6-foot-10 John Isner, Tsitsipas said he was pleased to have achieved his goal.

It's that time of the year when Tennis fans across the globe hook themselves to their TV sets and can not afford to miss even a second.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals previous year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams. "I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong".

After Wimbledon shared a short video of Federer playing a forward defence shot, tagging the official handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the latter shared a screenshot of the Test batting rankings that showed the 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer as the No.1 ranked batsmen in the world.

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The legendary Swiss, eyeing a ninth title at SW19, will now await the victor of either eighth seed Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils.

The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.

Federer boasts a 4-0 career record against 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson and 9-4 over Monfils.

Federer hasn't dropped serve at Wimbledon so far but is wary of the challenge posed by Anderson whose big serving style is flourishing on courts cooked by last week's heatwave. Both players are still very emotional talking about it and so are the people who watched it, including younger players who are now in the tennis elite.

The 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany has reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal and faces former French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens, who has also reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time. Del Potro leads two sets to one.

Nadal has some hard work ahead of him.

Federer over-hit a backhand and when his opponent courteously returned the ball, the eight-time Wimbledon champion elected to display his cricket skills, with a punched forward defence, which didn't go unnoticed by Wimbledon's social media accounts.

Juan Martin del Potro says he is proud to be playing in the same era as Rafael Nadal, but that burning admiration won't prevent him from trying to derail the Spaniard's Wimbledon campaign on Wednesday. "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?" I am just focused on what I am doing today.

It won't be pretty. If his big serve - which has blasted 96 aces in four matches - kicks in, Federer could be in trouble.

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