Federer advances to 16th Wimbledon quarter-final

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The world number one and reigning French Open champion also extended his grand slam streak to 11 matches to book an appointment on Wednesday with either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or veteran Frenchman Gilles Simon.

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said Federer after his 6th win in 6 meetings against French left-hander Mannarino.

"Just the way he moves, the way he conducts himself on the court is very impressive". 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.

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

Novak Djokovic is Nishikori's next challenge after the three-time champion thumped Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 in an ominous display. His only other quarterfinals appearance was at the 2011 US Open.

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

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.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19, leaving him just two short of his best run in the tournament, achieved across 2005 and 2006.

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Tendulkar has often been spotted meeting and greeting Federer at the Wimbledon. 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.

But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time. "Doesn't matter if he miss or not", said Del Potro.

The fifth seed lost to Nadal in the Paris semi-finals last month, however.

In the first set when Federer led 2-0, the 36-year-old came up with a solid defense on a Mannarino return. "Facing Roger again will be something fantastic".

"If you ask me if I prefer another one, I say yes. It's about being smart, no?"

"That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here".

It won't be pretty.

Williams dropped just four games as she dispatched Rodina, hitting 30 winners in the process compared to her opponent's five.

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