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Federer, Nadal close in on dream Wimbledon final

Federer

It's always very exciting, I must tell you.

Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world number one Rafael Nadal - yet to drop a set in his first three matches - and three-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic - playing his way back to his best this week - are lurking as potential final opponents.

Federer plays Anderson on Wednesday after the eighth seed edged flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 7-6 (7-4) in one of the matches of the championship.

Federer fired three of those aces in a row to take the second set and he got his 15,000-strong Centre Court fan club gasping in astonishment as he produced a ridiculous backhand drop shot from behind the baseline.

Federer didn't drop a point on his serve in the entire second set and kept that streak going until he was 30-0 up at 4-1 in the third, when Lacko sent a backhand victor down the line. She was joined in the third round minutes later by 10th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States, who dispatched Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3. She is seeded 25th after missing last year's tournament while pregnant.

Lajovic shook off his early nerves to at least give Federer some practice in the second and third sets but the Serbian could do no better than a year ago when he also suffered a straight-sets defeat by the Swiss, that time in the second round. Given this is just her fourth tournament since coming back from the birth of her daughter, the American might have come in with lower expectations of herself than usual, perhaps with an eye on being in prime form and fitness for the US Open next month. The Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since 2011 when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

Querrey earlier eased past Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round for a third successive year. But she was broken again in the final game, becoming the fifth of the top eight women's seeds to lose before the third round.

England And Belgium Make Sweeping Changes For Clash Neither Wants To Win
But England top Group G because they have a better disciplinary record, after receiving two bookings compared to Belgium's three. Striker Marcus Rashford said it was important not to let the result against Belgium affect England's mentality moving forward.

Hsieh, who defeated top-seeded Simona Halep in the previous round, returned the ball over the net and into the court as Cibulkova immediately challenged.

Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic followed up her shock success against fourth seed Sloane Stephens with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson.

Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016.

The 29th-seeded Buzarnescu beat Katie Swan of Britain 6-0, 6-3, clinching the match with a backhand victor on No. 3 Court. The No. 9 seed, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 after dropping the first set for a second straight match.

Williams will equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles if she wins Wimbledon for the third time in the last four years. "Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players".

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.

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