Federer, Nadal, and Serena reach quarter-finals at Wimbledon

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It was branded ‘Manic Monday’ and after the traditional Sunday of rest, it was everything tennis fans were craving.

Despite many top seeds crashing out, a handful of the biggest names in the history of the sport were all in action at a relatively early stage of a grand slam and within a few hours of each other.

Here’s what happened.

Recordman Roger

Defending champion Roger Federer is through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 16th time.

The record eight-time winner outclassed Adrian Mannarino from France 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 on the Central Court.

The 36-year-old Swiss has won 32 consecutive sets on the grass of the All England Club and is now two short of his all-time record from 2005/2006.

Federer has also taken his streak of winning successive games at Wimbledon to 81.

He will continue his bid for a 21st Grand Slam crown playing against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Welcome back Rafa!

His longtime rival Rafael Nadal advanced too.

For the first time in seven years the world number one is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

The Spaniard brushed aside Jiry Vesely with a straight-set win.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic beat the light and Karen Khachanov to make the last eight.

RECORD BREAKING SERENA

Serena Williams became the lowest-ranked player to reach the last eight.

In a rare meeting between mothers, the American edged past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2.

“You can still be a mum and play tennis’ – Serena Williams

Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian wasn’t on the stand this time, but wanted to show his support on social media.

Current world number 181 Williams has been seeded 25th in the tournament and will return to the world’s top 100 when the rankings are updated next Monday.

The seven-time champion will face Italian Camila Giorgi next.

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Author: Alessandro Poggi
Italian-born reporter and multimedia editor. Former long distance runner, now tiramisu lover.