Roger Federer reached a record-extending 17th Wimbledon quarter-final as young Italian Matteo Berrettini was overwhelmed on Centre Court. The Swiss great, bidding for a ninth title, needed just an hour and 14 minutes to seal a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also continued to breeze through the draw with equally-comfortable last-16 wins. Defending champion Djokovic knocked out inexperienced Frenchman Ugo Humbert, while Nadal beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
Serbian top seed Djokovic showed the gulf in class as he won 6-3 6-2 6-3 against world number 66 Humbert, while Nadal – only tested so far by second-round opponent Nick Kyrgios – eased to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Sousa.
The ‘big three’ of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, who lead the all-time tally of Grand Slam victories with 53 major titles between them, demonstrated why they are still the men to beat with almost flawless performances on ‘Manic Monday’ – when all of the last-16 matches in the singles take place.
The illustrious trio only faced one break point between them, Federer saving it when he was already leading by two sets and a break.
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27 September, 2019