Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Del Potro sets up Nadal clash at Wimbledon

Del Potro sets up Nadal clash at Wimbledon

Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one - 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 - when their fourth-round match was suspended under fading light.

Federer, who plays Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final of the Wimbledon is on course for a ninth title at the iconic All England Club was invited by Tendulkar to exchange notes about cricket after he wins his ninth crown.

Wimbledon organisers have instead given Novak Djokovic the honour of getting the men's quarter-finals underway on the main stage when he takes on Kei Nishikori.

But that third-round fixture was a natural, with a three-time champion playing the British No 1.

"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.

"We are not talking about already that I played a final or I won the tournament".

Former world number one Djokovic has a 13-2 winning record against the Japanese player.

"I think I will be in good condition".

Both Anderson of South Africa and the 44th-ranked Monfils of France were bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the first time on their 10th appearance at the All England Club.

Roger Federer thinks a scheduling clash between the World Cup and Wimbledon is football's issue, and not something tennis should be worrying about.

Federer took his tally of consecutive sets won on London's hallowed grass courts to 32 with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 dispatch of unsafe French left-hander Adrian Mannarino.

Whether it was a forward defensive shot or a back-foot cut, the eight-time champion's technique impressed the International Cricket Council.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest. He then had to play on the Tuesday and was forced to quit in the second set of his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych on the Wednesday when his chronically sore serving elbow flared up.

Williams is seeking to reclaim the title having been unable to defend her 2016 triumph due to her pregnancy.

He next faces No. 13 Milos Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the US 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

The highest remaining seeded player in the women's draw - No. 11 Angelique Kerber - faces Daria Kasatkina, who plays in her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

The top-ranked Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011. "It was dark so I couldn't see the ball that well and it was very windy". "Doesn't matter if he miss or not", said Del Potro.

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