Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

When they came back out on Tuesday, Del Potro completed a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) victory on Court Two, but only after sealing the win with his fifth match point.

Del Potro, whose best run at the All England Club saw him reach the semi-finals in 2013, triumphed 7-6 (7/1) 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 7-6 (7/5) to set up a last-eight meeting with Rafael Nadal.

During his first set, Federer's unique style of shot catching Wimbledon's attention leading it to be dubbed as an nearly "cricket" style with their Twitter account asking the ICC to rate Federer's shot.

He managed three more holds before a sloppy game handed Federer the break to take the second. "In 2017 I played well, 2018 I am playing well".

The world number one, chasing an 18th major, will now take on Del Potro boasting a 10-5 career lead.

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"Today was a special day, played a good match and had the chance to catch up with the great indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar", read a caption on the Federer's Facebook.

'A few months ago when he wasn't saying anything on the court, it just kind of looked flat and he was just going through the motions - his performances were just not where it used to be.

Eight-time champion Federer will play on Court One for the first time since the 2015 quarter-finals, with former world number one Djokovic's match against Nishikori put on Centre. She plays Kiki Bertens first-up on No 2 Court, the victor advancing to the quarter-finals against either Julia Görges or Donna Vekic.

The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. And with the biggest event in the history of the sport up and running, there is no stopping its favorite child - Roger Federer.

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.

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Whether it was a forward defensive shot or a back-foot cut, the eight-time champion's technique impressed the International Cricket Council.

The underdog was far more competitive thereafter, but Federer still triumphed easily and will face Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson in his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the ideal role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack.

Meanwhile, 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro are also in familiar territory.

He beat Frenchman Gael Monfils for the first time in six attempts and in doing so reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time - at the 10th attempt.

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