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Roger Federer serving up a storm heading into Wimbledon quarter-finals

  • Federer hasn't dropped serve or a set in reaching the 2018 Wimbledon quarter-finals
  • The defending champion is one more straight sets win off breaking his record for most consecutive sets won at The Championships
Roger Federer (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Eight-time winner and defending champion Roger Federer has fired a warning shot to his rivals ahead of the Wimbledon quarter-finals, advancing into the last eight without dropping serve or a set.


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One of just two men (alongside towering American John Isner) to have progressed into the quarter-finals without relinquishing their serve, Federer is looking as dominant as he’s ever done at The Championships.


In fact, he’s not just ‘looking’ as dominant as ever - Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, which is just two sets behind his record of 34 between 2005-06. The 36-year-old has also held serve 81 times in a row, saving all four break points he’s faced, firing 46 aces and winning an incredible 92 per cent of points behind his first delivery.

With those numbers, it’s no wonder Federer is feeling confident ahead of a Wimbledon quarter-final showdown against Kevin Anderson - who, incidentally, he’s beaten four times without dropping a set.

Roger Federer (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
“If you give yourself [the] maximum [number of] chances, you're playing well, you have super focus, then these streaks are kind of possible,” Federer said after his 6-0 7-5 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round. 
“In practice at the moment, I'm not working on anything specific. It's really about being just solid. The goal is to win matches and not to be too creative right now. That's going to happen naturally if I play well. I'm really just focused on that.”

Furthermore, Federer also won the opening set over Mannarino in just 16 minutes - one of the quickest sets of his entire career.

“I was also surprised it was that fast, that first set, especially 16 minutes,” the defending champion said. “That was too fast. [It] shouldn't really happen, but thankfully they do for me. I probably won't have another 6-0 set this week, so I'll enjoy this one.”

Federer, who has combined with great rival Rafael Nadal to win the last six Grand Slam titles dating back to the 2017 Australian Open, has improved to 28-3 for 2018, including winning his 20th major at the Australian Open and securing his 98th career title at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart just prior to Wimbledon - along with swapping the No. 1 ranking with Nadal multiple times throughout the season.

The pair are on course for a repeat of their 2008 Wimbledon final, which is widely considered to be the best tennis match of all time. Federer and Nadal haven’t played at the All England Club since that famous day in which the Spaniard snapped Federer’s run of five straight Wimbledon titles.


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Roger Federer serving up a storm heading into Wimbledon quarter-finals

Eight-time winner and defending champion Roger Federer has fired a warning shot to his rivals ahead of the Wimbledon quarter-finals, advancing into the last eight without dropping serve or a set.

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