Federer, Serena Williams sweep into Wimbledon quarterfinals

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American ninth seed John Isner also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/4) win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"[He has] this very calm aura that he brings on the court - that even if everything goes wrong, it still seems like everything is flawless and it's okay", said the 6-foot-4 Tsitsipas.

By contrast, Federer and Nadal have played exclusively on the 15,000-seater Centre Court.

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.

On No. 1 Court, three-time champion Novak Djokovic faces Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation.

The Serb has played twice on the 11,000-capacity Court One this year but was shunted off to the 4,000-seater Court Two for his second round clash against Horacio Zeballos. "I think right now for me the most important thing is trying to feel as fresh as possible on Wednesday".

Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will be favourite to see off Nishikori for a 14th time in 16 meetings. Back in 2008, Nike were so sure the pair would meet in the US Open final that even before the event started they launched an advertising campaign trailing the match.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams.

"It's always like a big war for me", said Nishikori on facing Djokovic.

Victory helped Del Potro advance to the last eight at the All England Club for the first time since 2013 and it is the first time since in 2012 that he has qualified for the last eight at consecutive Grand Slams.

He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4), to whom he held a 0-5 head-to-head record entering the match.

Tendulkar has often been spotted meeting and greeting Federer at the Wimbledon. He then had to play on the Tuesday and was forced to quit in the second set of his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych on the Wednesday when his chronically sore serving elbow flared up.

The 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany has reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal and faces former French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens, who has also reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

World number one Nadal, the two-time champion, reached his first quarterfinal at Wimbledon since 2011 - when he went on to finish runner-up - with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in action during the fourth round match against France's Gilles Simon.

In the first set when Federer led 2-0, the 36-year-old came up with a solid defense on a Mannarino return.

'One it's an fantastic feat but also it must take an incredible amount out of you and winning that French Open for him must have been something he'd been trying to do for a very, very long time and he'd put so much effort in, lost some tough ones in the years gone by. "It's about being smart, no?"

It won't be pretty.

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