Defending champion, Roger Federer powered past France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach the quarterfinals at SW19 and stay right on course for an historic ninth Wimbledon crown.
Federer went vintage in the opening set as he handed Mannarino a bagel. The Frenchman then did well to peg the great Swiss back in the second set with some remarkable tennis, but Federer was just as brilliant as he was impenetrable as he claimed a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory in an hour and 45 minutes.
“He could have won that second set and the match would have been different,” Federer in a post-match interview.
“I was glad to win the first set so easily, it meant I always had the lead in the bag.
“I knew he was better than the first set, he showed that. In the beginning he didn’t play well and I didn’t miss much.”
Federer, who’s bidding for a joint record ninth Wimbledon title to draw level with Martina Navratilova, will play either South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson or France’s Gael Monfils in the last eight on Wednesday.
The Swiss, who’s on a 32-set winning streak, is now two sets short of his all-time record streak, which he set between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.
Serena Williams, meanwhile, was absolutely brilliant in her 6-2, 6-2 routing of Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina on Centre Court today.
Serena, as a result of reaching the quarterfinals, will return to the world’s top 100 when the rankings are released next Monday and could make the top 20 if she wins the title.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will next play Italy’s Camila Giorgi, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.
Elsewhere, Kiki Bertens made sure there would be no top 10 player left in the women’s draw as she outlasted 7th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-6