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Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

The world No.1 and reigning French Open champion also extended his grand slam streak to 11 matches to book an appointment on Thursday with either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or veteran Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Kerber was the runner-up at the All England Club in 2016, while 14th-seeded Kasatkina is in the last eight for the first time.

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

His play already has fans and commentators dreaming of another final between Nadal and Roger Federer - on the 10th anniversary of their five-set classic that the Spaniard won.

The surprise switch could give Anderson heart though, according to former world number one Mats Wilander, as the South African has played several matches on Court One. "I feel like the more experienced you are, the more you can deal with those better".

Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals for the 10th time with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

For the first time in three years the Swiss maestro will play a match away from his beloved Centre Court lawn after organizers penciled him in for a Court One slot.

When Novak Djokovic came off No 1 Court after a quick, nearly angry three-set win over the young Russian Karen Khachanov on Monday evening, he made it clear he was sick of being parked outside the tournament'sshowpiece arena, having also tested the grass of No 2 Court in the second round, after just one match on Centre Court, against Kyle Edmund.

Wherever he ends up playing, Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will be favourite to see off Nishikori for a 14th time in 16 meetings.

The road to recovery following elbow surgery has been rocky for Djokovic, but there were signs of a revival during the clay-court season, which included a run to the French Open quarter-finals, while this rebirth was all-but confirmed with his display at Queen's last month.

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Big-serving American John Isner continues to prosper in London's scorching conditions by making it through to the quarter finals for the first time in SW19. "It's a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow".

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

Having saved a host of break points, Mannarino eventually faltered at 5-5 and looked to be suffering from discomfort in his right groin as Federer held to love to open up a two-set lead.

"That sometimes there is a set like this against a player who is not the biggest server, it can happen".

Nadal has made the quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011. Also Simona Halep's conqueror, Su-Wei Hsieh, was defeated 6-4 6-1 by Dominika Cibulkova.

"If he's in the final, I am excited to play Roger", he said. "It's about being smart, no?"

"It was important for me to stay focused".

It won't be pretty.

He has sent down 96 aces in four rounds and dropped serve just six times.

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


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