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Offbeat Tennis-Irrepressible Nadal marches past Vesely into last eight

23:35  09 july  2018
23:35  09 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2018. Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winninh his So Nadal , whose 17 Grand Slam titles are eclipsed by Federer’s 20 and the 23 owned by Williams, had a lot to live up to in the warm late afternoon sunshine.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the fourth round match against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely REUTERS/Tony O'Brien.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2018  Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the fourth round match against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely   REUTERS/Tony O'Brien © REUTERS/Tony O'Brien Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the fourth round match against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely REUTERS/Tony O'Brien The bar was set absurdly high by the time Rafael Nadal walked onto Centre Court on Monday but the Spaniard responded with a sensational 6-3 6-3 6-4 defeat of Jiri Vesely to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

His great rival Roger Federer had already maintained his regal progress earlier on the showcourt and Serena Williams then followed with another thumping win.

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LONDON (REUTERS) - The bar was set absurdly high by the time Rafael Nadal walked onto Centre Court on Monday (July 9) but the Spaniard responded with a sensational 6-3 6-3 6-4 defeat of Jiri Vesely to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The powerful Vesely broke for a 3-2 lead when a rare Nadal forehand error drew gasps of surprise from the crowd. The Spaniard hit back immediately though and sealed victory on his third match point when Vesely served at 4-5. Nadal will face either Argentina’s fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro or

Nadal, whose 17 Grand Slam titles are eclipsed by Federer's 20 and the 23 owned by Williams, did not disappoint in the late afternoon sunshine as he dissected fellow left-hander Vesely with a typically rumbustious display.

The 32-year-old was made to work just hard enough by the Czech, who is clearly more dangerous than his 93rd ranking suggests but he never looked in any danger of not booking a last eight spot -- which he did for the first time since 2011.

A single break of serve was all Nadal required in the opening set and he broke twice in the second.

At times it appeared the number two seed was playing on his beloved clay, such was the spin and bounce he extracted from the turf, but there was a brief hiccup in the third set.

The powerful Vesely broke for a 3-2 lead when a rare Nadal forehand error drew gasps of surprise from the crowd.

Ruthless Federer marches on with another straight-sets win

  Ruthless Federer marches on with another straight-sets win Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer advanced to the Wimbledon last 16 without dropping a set after a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday.Federer, seeking a record ninth Wimbledon title, eased through the first set before the big-serving Struff put up more of a fight in the second.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men’s singles match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely , on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis World number one Nadal has now reached the last eight in four consecutive Grand Slams for the first time since 2011 but he will not want to stop there.

Rafael Nadal [PA]. Nadal broke Lopez, ranked 23rd for the tournament, once in each of the three sets to record a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory that showed Elsewhere, Stanislas Wawrinka followed up his win over Andy Murray by prevailing in a five-set epic against Sam Querrey to reach the last eight of a grand

The Spaniard hit back immediately though and sealed victory on his third match point when Vesely served at 4-5.

Nadal will face either Argentina's fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro or Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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