Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber

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Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on course to meet on Sunday, while Serena Williams serenely moved into the last eight.

Meanwhile, Federer suggested that Sunday’s likely clash between the finals of the men’s singles and the World Cup should worry football, not tennis – and Andy Murray announced he has a new job.

Here are five things from day seven at Wimbledon.

It’s been a while, Rafa

It’s been seven years since Nadal last featured in a final at Wimbledon.

The two-time champion made five finals between 2006 and 2011 – only missing out in 2009, when an injury kept him out of the competition.

Yet since 2011, Nadal has failed to go beyond the fourth round – until now.

The world number one looked impressive in overcoming Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4. He remains a strong favourite – alongside rival Federer – to go all the way to Sunday’s final.

That could mean a repeat of the 2008 final – which many consider to be the greatest match of all time – when Nadal was victorious in a fixating battle with the Swiss top seed.

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Federer at 32 and counting

Federer produced another near-faultless performance on Centre Court, outclassing France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach the last eight.

He has won 32 sets in a row at Wimbledon – two short of his personal best streak, between 2005’s third round and the 2006 final.

According to Gracenote, he is five behind Nadal’s 37 sets in succession at the French Open – a sequence that ran from 2016 until the opening set of his quarter-final against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in June.

The men’s Grand Slam record is held by Bjorn Borg, who won 41 sets in a row at Roland Garros between 1979 and 1981.

Federer could match that record with straight-set victories in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. A big if, admittedly.

He will play South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday as he bids for a ninth Wimbledon singles title to draw level with record holder Martina Navratilova.

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New faces break through in women’s singles

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova’s defeat by Kiki Bertens means that for the first time in the Open era, there will not be a top 10 women’s seed in the last eight of a Grand Slam.

But who are the new and the newish faces?

Bertens, who ousted Pliskova and Venus Williams in the first round, reached the French Open semi-finals in 2016. A former world number 15, she talked about retiring last year, saying that tennis “just wasn’t fun”