Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Anderson becomes first SA player to reach Wimbledon quarters in 24 years

Anderson becomes first SA player to reach Wimbledon quarters in 24 years

For those participating in Junior Wimbledon, the dream of one day stepping into Federer's shoes seems within tantalising reach.

One more straight-sets win would have Federer eclipsing his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 sets in a row between the third round in 2005 and the 2006 final.

Federer, sublime so far, will be a step up but Anderson is making all the right noises as he prepares for arguably the biggest challenge in tennis.

"I'm very pleased to be back in the second week".

The game appears to be as easy as ever for Federer, who's efficiency on the court has only increased with age.

Nadal routed world number 93 Vesely on the eve of the Czech player's 25th birthday.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two.

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Hsieh protested, leading the match referee to come on to discuss the decision with the umpire as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18. "I got a lot of first serves in, made him hit the extra ball".

The win also allowed Isner, the highest-ranked USA man, to have something about Wimbledon to relish other than his victory in the longest match in tennis history: 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours spread over three days in 2010.

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Yet Federer quickly snuffed out the danger and broke in the next game before rounding off the match in typically ruthless fashion.

"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the Swiss. No. 20 Kiki Bertens.

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.

'Look, if one of us gets a crack, a few chances, we're going to have to take it.

Stefanos Tsitsipas can make history by becoming the first Greek player - man or woman - to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final if he beats U.S. ninth seed John Isner. Asked if he had expected to be switched to Centre, where matches can go on till 11pm under floodlights, the three-times Wimbledon champion said: "Of course, it's always an option".

The other matchup on the top half of the draw is No. 9 John Isner against No. 13 Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the 2016 semifinals before losing in the final.

Federer has breezed through week one as if conducting a clinic, and is on a run of 67 unbeaten service games stretching back to the eighth game of the first set in his semi-final against Tomas Berdych a year ago.

For Nadal, this marks a return.

On Tuesday, the 36-year-old faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi, who beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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