LONDON (Reuters) - Highlights from day seven of the Wimbledon championships on Monday (times GMT):
Roger Federer said he was not worried that sports fans could face a potential dilemma with the soccer World Cup final clashing with the Wimbledon title clash on July 15.
Asked if the two major finals happening at the same time would detract from the atmosphere, the Swiss said: “I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on.
“They’ll hear every point... wow, love-15, 15-30. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon.”
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Japan’s Kei Nishikori converted two out of eight break point opportunities and hit 47 winners as he overcame Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1 on Court Two.
Nishikori, seeded 24th, prevailed in three hours and 28 minutes to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time. He takes on Novak Djokovic or Karen Khachanov next.
American John Isner advanced with a 6-4 7-6(8) 7-6(4) win over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Joining him in the last eight was Canadian Milos Raonic who downed American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.
Serena Williams fired 30 winners and converted four out of five breakpoints to overcome Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2. Williams, the 25th seed after her return from maternity leave, takes on Camila Giorgi in the last eight as she continues her quest for an eighth title at Wimbledon.
Julia Goerges, seeded 13, said she was not surprised that the top 10 women’s seeds had exited before the quarter-finals.
“If we look back to the other Grand Slams in the last one or two years, we’ve always got surprises. It’s been always pretty wide open,” German Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3 6-2, said.
“It’s nothing new for me. It motivates every player to work harder... I think the ranking doesn’t really matter that much any more, because every player sees their own chances, keeps working harder and harder, so it opens up more.”
Daria Kasatkina, seeded 14th, was made to work hard before she overcame Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2 in two hours and six minutes.
The Russian entered the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time in her career.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the women’s draw at number 11, overcame a determined Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5).
Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to claim the opening set against Adrian Mannarino, before coming through 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach his 15th quarter-final in 16 appearances. The defending champion has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon.
Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova said playing on grasscourts had helped her counter the big servers in the women’s game.
“I love to play on grass because the balls, they are jumping pretty low. That can be my advantage,” Cibulkova told reporters.
“I’m not a big server, but I return well. Here I feel even I play against big servers, I can return better here.
“Maybe these small details, they are coming together and that’s why I can play so well on the grass.”
1335 GERMAN GOERGES THROUGH TO QUARTER-FINALS
Julia Goerges, whose previous five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, produced a clinical display to beat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in their fourth-round clash. The German 13th seed prevailed in 75 minutes and meets Kiki Bertens next.
Seventh-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova suffered a 6-3 7-6(1) defeat by Kiki Bertens on Monday. With Pliskova’s exit, the top 10 seeds in the women’s draw have crashed out of the tournament.
Dominika Cibulkova powered past Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei 6-4 6-1 while Jelena Ostapenko came from 5-2 down in the first set to knock out Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(4) 6-0.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond