Nadal, Federer ease into Wimbledon quarter-finals

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For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. Federer, meanwhile, has a clearer path, with no major champions standing between him and the final.

Here are five things from day seven at Wimbledon.

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

The idea of another Nadal-Federer final seems to have most people quite excited - except Nadal himself.

Like Federer, who earlier beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4, Nadal is through to the last eight without dropping a set.

The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.

It was not until he walked off court after booking his place in the quarter-finals that he heard how close he had come to being bumped off Monday's schedule.

Federer served out the match with an ace out wide, winning in one hour and 45 minutes. A big if, admittedly. The seventh-seeded player was defeated by Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6.

But who are the new and the newish faces?

After his first-round victory last week, the 25th-ranked Shapovalov credited his improvement on grass, in part, to the Swiss, explaining: "I've been trying to watch a lot of Roger - how he plays on the grass, how he comes in, chips, how he bothers players on the surface".

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is more than likely to be playing in Sunday's final, even joked that maybe the World Cup final should move to accommodate the Wimbledon title match.

(13) Julia Gorges bt.

Shapovalov's Wimbledon ended in the second round.

Daria Kasatkina is one of the emerging talents of the WTA Tour.

But in a simply stunning two years since, the grand master has lost just seven of 88 matches and taken his record title haul to a magical 20 slams. She is also a former world number one.

(25) Serena Williams bt. Well, you might know a thing or two about her. Harry Maguire or Roger Federer?

Tsitsipas, whose Greek father and Russian mother are both tennis coaches, had set a goal at the beginning of the year of reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Well, not according to Federer.

We are talking about me being in the quarter-finals. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.

"It was an important victory as since 2011 I have not been in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon". In 2016 I didn't play because of my wrist.

The 32-year-old also became the first South African man into the last eight at the All England Club since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon. If it was, more people would have come out on top".