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Are the stars aligning for another Federer-Nadal final?

09 July 2018, 05:38 | Pamela Mathis

GETTYRoger Federer is expected to win Wimbledon for a ninth time this year

Roger Federer

I know that Phil Brook, the chairman right now, he believes in strict tradition, going back to the '50s, '60s.

McDonald began the year earning $780 for losing to the world No 145 Uladzimir Ignatik in the first round of a minor tournament in Playford, South Australia - and three weeks later was taking the world No 3, Grigor Dimitrov, to five sets in the second round of the Australian Open.

Federer took his consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 29 in what was his 200th career grass court match.

"I am not stupid", world number one Nadal said on Saturday to hoots of laughter from reporters. The seven-time champion came from a break down in the first set to get past Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2).

She faces another mother in the fourth round Monday (Tuesday NZT): 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation, who upset No. 10 seed Madison Keys of the U.S.

Despite his Wimbledon success he is still only the second-best player in the last 50 years.

Williams is the only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the field. Williams meets the victor of Camila Giorgi and the perennial giant-killer Ekaterina Makarova, who put out the second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

"Of course, 2008 was a very important moment for me when I achieved the world No. 1 for the first time in my career because in some way I felt that I deserved it", he explained. Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women have gone out before the end of Week 1.

Golovin's post-match press conference featured 15 questions, 10 of which concerned her flame-red under-garments.

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Since tennis turned professional in 1968, this is the worst showing at Wimbledon by the women's seeds.

She was allowed to play on as the underwear was shorter than her dress.

Pliskova's opponent in the next round, Kiki Bertens, will be brimming confidence after knocking out five-times champion and ninth seed Venus Williams.

Returning to Wimbledon on the back of a three-match run at Roland Garros - her comeback tournament after giving birth for the first time in September - the 2016 champion has swatted away her opposition for the cost of 24 games.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev made the third round, seeing off Taylor Fritz of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 and faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a spot in the last 16.

Williams is the fourth former women's champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year's victor Garbine Muguruza.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys also struggled to find her rhythm in her 7-5 5-7 6-4 defeat by Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.

"That's what makes me great: I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater".



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