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Rafael Nadal makes first Wimbledon quarterfinal in 7 years as Novak Djokovic eases through

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World number one, Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals at SW19 for the first time sice 2011 with victory over Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely on Manic Monday.

It was another routine win for the great Spaniard, who’s playing in his first grass tournament this year, as he wrapped up a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win in one hour and 53 minutes.

“It is an important moment for me. I’m happy to be where I am and playing well,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said.

“They have been four positive matches, I haven’t played on grass for a year and I’m hoping to keep enjoying it.”

Nadal is yet to drop a set so far and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinal provided the Argentine, who’s already 2 sets to one up in his match against Gilles Simon, advances when they resume play tomorrow.

Also, 12th seed and three-time champion, Novak Djokovic eased into the last eight with a comfortable 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

It was all-round brilliant performance from the Serb, who’s now showing flashes of his devasting best since returning from a long-term injury early this year, but continued to struggle leading up to Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Karen Khachanov

Djokovic will now look to keep his hopes for a fourth Wimbledon crown alive when he faces Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Japanese, in an earlier match, bounced back from a set down to beat Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(10), 6-1 and reach the last eight for the first time in SW19.

Elsewhere, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-6(4) in what was a thrilling fourth round match to become the first South African man to reach the last eight at Wimbledon in 24 years. Anderson will face defending champion, Roger Federer for a place in the semis.

Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic beat American world number 103 Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row and will face ninth seed John Isner, who defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6, 7-6.

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