Federer leaves another rival chasing shadows with a masterful Wimbledon performance

Sweden's king and Switzerland's tennis king

"You always tend to play better against better players and I'm happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon".

Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world number one Rafael Nadal - yet to drop a set in his first three matches - and three-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic - playing his way back to his best this week - are lurking as potential final opponents.

Anderson advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal after edging Gael Monfils 7-6 (4) 7-6 (2) 5-7 7-6 (4).

Federer is yet to drop a set in Wimbledon this year. She was joined in the third round minutes later by 10th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States, who dispatched Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3.

It is a remarkable record sure to alarm her opponents, but Williams seeded 25th after her maternity leave, admits that fear factor can be a double-edged sword.

Lajovic shook off his early nerves to at least give Federer some practice in the second and third sets but the Serbian could do no better than previous year when he also suffered a straight-sets defeat by the Swiss, that time in the second round. His decision to skip the French Open this year, for instance, helped him keep his legs for Wimbledon. "So it's an important moment", said Nadal, the 17-time Grand Slam champion who has made four successive quarter-finals at the majors for the first time in six years.

Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, is the only top 10 ranked player remaining, but she has never won a major title.

The top-ranked Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.

Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favourite once again, with the top-10 seeds all eliminated.

The Czech faces Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who stunned five-time Wimbledon victor Venus in the third round.




Bertens and Pliskova had reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Ostapenko reached the last eight for the second straight year with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while Cibulkova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1.

In the first round, Williams started by ceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand.

Lucas Pouille became the latest seeded player to exit the men's draw at Wimbledon after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-2 defeat to Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak.

Venus reached her ninth Wimbledon final past year, but the American star was denied a sixth title by Garbine Muguruza.

After the review confirmed the ball landed on the line, umpire Juan Zhang awarded the point to Cibulkova.

A stunning, swerving drop shot brought about match point on Lacko's serve and Federer capitalised to the delight of an awestruck crowd.

Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka was vulnerable on her second serve throughout, winning just seven of 18 points on it.

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