Roger Federer becomes ICC’s ‘no. 1 Test batsman’ after emulating Sachin Tendulkar

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World number one Nadal, the two-time champion, reached his first quarter-final 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.

The only other Wimbledon champion left in either bracket, Novak Djokovic, beat 40th-ranked Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court, then said he'd like to get as much time on Centre Court as Federer and Nadal do.

With the men's final slated for its traditional time of 2 p.m. BST (9 a.m. ET) and the World Cup final kicking off at 4 p.m. BST (11 a.m. ET) in Moscow, the All England Club is facing pressure to reschedule the Championship match to accommodate, particularly if England wins its semifinal against Croatia Wednesday and reaches its first final since 1966.

BBC reports that the top seed is bidding for a joint record ninth singles title to draw level with Martina Navratilova.

One more straight-sets win would have Federer eclipsing his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 sets in a row between the third round in 2005 and the 2006 final.

"I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets".

"I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest".

Roger Federer beat Adrian Mannarino on Monday to progress to his 16th quarter-final at SW19. "Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

Camila Giorgi, who has beaten eight top 10 players during her career, is into her first Slam quarter-final, while Dominika Cibulkova reached the Australian Open final in 2014. He has also held serve for 81 successive games at the tournament, a run stretching back the first set of his semi-final win against Tomas Berdych in 2017.

The underdog was far more competitive thereafter, but Federer still triumphed easily and will face Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson in his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

"I don't know if I'll be going anywhere concert-wise tomorrow", he said.

Nine of the top 16 seeds in the men's draw were eliminated in the first three rounds, and the carnage is even worse in the women's draw, as one of the top 10 seeds remains in contention entering the second week.

"Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russian Federation, how they're going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time, so..." "I'm going to have to really take it to him". He will face Djokovic next in his first quarterfinals appearance at the All England Club.

After Federer's first-round victory over Dusan Lajovic, the 36-year-old admitted he still gets nervous before stepping on court despite having 20 major titles to his name.

In many respects, the Swiss was playing against a standard he has set for himself on grass, which has become his natural habitat. "I probably won't have another 6-0 set this week, so I'll enjoy this one".

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