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Sweet 16 for Federer at Wimbledon

AFP  |  London 

needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France's to reach his 16th quarter-final on Monday.

Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African.

Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher," said Federer after his sixth win in six meetings against French left-hander Mannarino.

"You always tend to play better against better players and I am happy to be back in the second week of " Federer boasts a 4-0 career record against runner-up Anderson and 9-4 over Monfils.

Monfils and Anderson have yet to get to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, although the French shotmaker may just be the slight favourite as he has a 5-0 winning record over the big South African.

Later Monday, two-time champion attempts to make the quarter-finals for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.

The world number one faces Czech world number 93 Jiri Vesely, who has never got past the fourth round of a Grand Slam.

Victory for Nadal over his fellow left-hander would take him into a 35th Grand Slam quarter-final.

It would also give him a last-eight clash against Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth seeded Argentine, or unseeded of

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, seeded a lowly 12 this year, can make his 10th quarter-final if he defeats unseeded Karen Khachanov, the world number 40 from

The winner of that clash will take on either Japan's 24th seed or unseeded

World number 130 Gulbis came through qualifying and shocked fourth seeded German in the third round.

Gulbis has played three successive five-set matches to get this far and is bidding to become just the sixth to reach the last-eight at Wimbledon. Should number 103 Mackenzie McDonald defeat former runner-up later

Monday, it will be the first time since 2000 that two men outside the top 100 have made quarter-finals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas can make history by becoming the first Greek -- man or woman -- to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final if he beats US ninth seed

The 19-year-old 31st seed has already put in his best performance at a Slam and is bidding to prevent Isner, 14 year his senior, making the quarter-finals for the first time.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:05 IST