Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal Prefers Not To Face Roger Federer In Final

Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday. "For me, I'm very happy to be back in the second week".

Federer, 36, won 6-0 7-5 6-4 against the 22nd seed on Centre Court, and has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19. "Luckily for me it didn't happen", he said of the tie which preceded his clash with Khachanov.

"You can't plan for them anyway".

Djokovic said he was "hopeful" of playing on Centre Court and his wish has now been granted as his promotion comes at Federer's expense.

Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

And all on a surgically-repaired knee. Shouldn't really happen, but thankfully they do for me.

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.

Del Potro, who made more than 20 unforced errors in the set, made hard work of winning the tiebreak, clinching it 7-5 on the seventh set point when Simon put a return high and wide and the Argentine roared in celebration.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has yet to drop a set in this tournament.

"Of course, it is important for me to be in these quarter-finals". It is true that it has been a while since I have been in that position.

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

Nishikori is playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final. In 2012, 2013, I was not able to compete. "When you watch Federer, it's like the best thing on television".

Three-time champion Djokovic will open the Centre Court programme against Kei Nishikori followed by two-time victor and world number one Rafael Nadal facing Juan Martin del Potro.

The fifth-seeded del Potro failed to convert four match points when serving at 5-4 in the fourth set, but maintained his composure to close out the contest with his first opportunity in the tiebreaker that followed.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966.

And though his Wimbledon debut ended there Monday, when he ran into the big serve and arrhythmic game of the 6-foot-10 John Isner, Tsitsipas said he was pleased to have achieved his goal.

Del Potro trails Nadal 10-5 in head-to-head meetings - his five wins all coming on hardcourts.

Meanwhile, Federer will start at 1pm on Court 1 and will face the victor of Raonic and Isner in the semi-finals.

  • Angelo Rivera