Federer, Nadal on course to set up summit clash

Roger Federer defies logic he is not normal- Tim Henman

Federer, who has won 32 consecutive sets at the tournament and held serve 81 games in a row, was asked whether he paused for even a moment to wonder why he wasn't being given more of a test.

Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Adrian Mannarino.

Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.

The Frenchman reached the semifinals at the 2008 French Open and the 2016 US Open.

Had the Swiss not squandered four break points in the opening game of the second set, which lasted nearly as long as the entire opener, Federer would probably have not needed an hour and 45 minutes to get back into the locker room.

On Wednesday, Federer will play No. 8 Kevin Anderson, a South African who was the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Gael Monfils.

World No. 130 Gulbis came through qualifying and shocked 4th seeded German Alexander Zverev in the 3rd round. For the third time in the match, a set needed a tiebreak to separate the heavy-hitters.

Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced. She has gone past the first round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012. Probably, although the Russian with the golden arm will make him work for it. "It's just such nice feelings to be the first from your country to do so".

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The two-time champion made five finals between 2006 and 2011 - only missing out in 2009, when an injury kept him out of the competition.

A memorable debut for American Mackenzie McDonald continued Friday, as he became the first man to reach the fourth round of his Wimbledon debut since Nick Kyrgios in 2014. Visily broke Nadal midway through to provoke familiar concerns that a turnaround could strike but Nadal broke back immediately and sealed victory with his third match point to triumph 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

"I'm in disbelief, to be honest".

"It was important for me to stay focused".

Pella delivered the biggest upset so far in the men's draw when he eliminated third-seeded Marin Cilic in a match that was carried over to Thursday.

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.

Also, the last of the women's top-10 seeds was knocked out at Wimbledon. Their match was suspended due to fading light, the only singles match on Friday that didn't finish. The Anderson serve proved too strong in the break as the SA player claimed it 7-4.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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