'I was less nervous in round two'
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 10, 2018,
Jul 10, 2018, 1:46
"Every single match I play, whether I'm coming back from a baby or surgery, it doesn't matter, these young ladies, they bring a game that I've never seen before".
But Federer offered a contrasting view in his media conference following a 6-0 7-5 6-4 fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.
Next up for Federer is a third round tie against 39-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic or German world number 64 Jan-Lennard Struff.
Federer didn't drop a point on his serve in the entire second set and kept that streak going until he was 30-0 up at 4-1 in the third, when Lacko sent a backhand victor down the line.
It is a remarkable record sure to alarm her opponents, but Williams seeded 25th after her maternity leave, admits that fear factor can be a double-edged sword.
At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 miles per hour ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third.
Even the top seed was surprised at how easily everything appears to be falling into place as he chases a 21st Grand Slam title.
The 36-year-old is now on his joint second longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon - his best was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final. The Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since 2011 when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is also back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.
Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 13th time after beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4 6-2.
Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (2) against Pliskova and complete the latest upset in the women's draw.
Seventh-seeded Pliskova didn't face a break point as she cruised through a meeting of the two former No.1-ranked players on Centre Court.
Five-time champion Venus Williams did better with her comeback attempt.
In the first round, Williams started by ceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games.
Not for the first time at Wimbledon, Dominika Cibulkova was left agitated by a decision that went against her.
The 29th-seeded Buzarnescu beat Katie Swan of Britain 6-0, 6-3, clinching the match with a backhand victor on No. 3 Court.
Venus reached her ninth Wimbledon final previous year, but the American star was denied a sixth title by Garbine Muguruza. He rarely drops service and tends to win points on the first serve rather than wasting effort and going to a second. It makes him a clear leader in Wimbledon's ace race, and highly-rated Greek 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas is next in the firing line, as both make their fourth-round debuts.
Hsieh protested, leading the match referee to come on to discuss the decision with the umpire as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18.