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Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015 Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015
Chelsea Rogers | 11 July, 2018, 08:13

"It's going to help my volleys when I'm at the net stay a little bit lower, these kind of things".

The only hiccup was when the Czech managed to go a break up in the third, but his lead was just as quickly wiped out as the world no. 1 broke back immediately on his way to taking the match inside two hours.

Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and he eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

Del Potro returned to the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time since 2013 when he defeated Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5) on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic insists it's only fair that he should play his Wimbledon quarter-final on Centre Court on Wednesday, handing the All England Club a dilemma over relegating Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to Court One.

Like Federer, who earlier beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4, Nadal is through to the last eight without dropping a set.

He then faces either Milos Raonic or John Isner before he gets a shot at his ninth Wimbledon title. Philipp Kohlschreiber, who lost to Anderson in Wimbledon's third round, said " if he believes (he can) beat Roger on grass, I think he can do it, because the game is big".

"His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson.

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"It's definitely helped a certain style of player, maybe the big servers", said 20-time major victor Federer.

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club.

"I'm very proud to be in the same era as him and Roger Federer". Federer has some pretty resounding victories against Anderson though and leads the H2H 4-0.

The cricketing body also made a decision to indulge in some banter and quickly responded to Wimbledon's Twitter handle about ranking Federer as the number one Test batsmen in the world.

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

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.

Williams, who is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title, was even more efficient, needing 62 minutes to dispatch the 120th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-2.

"I actually did get a bit emotional that I was in the last 16 of a Grand Slam that I have been dreaming of winning one day", Tsitsipas said.

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