35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

Kristopher Nichols
July 10, 2018

Wimbledon's first week has been characterised by a set of stunning performances and phenomenal upsets.

Isner, 33, will be playing in his first quarter-final at the majors since the 2011 US Open when he faces former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. She is seeded 25th after missing last year's tournament while pregnant. She was joined in the third round minutes later by 10th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States, who dispatched Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3.

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 top-ranked Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.

"It was tougher than the scoreline", Williams said. So it's really cool.

The Canadian 13th seed will play Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak, who beat French 17th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 3-6, 6-2.

Even the top seed was surprised at how easily everything appears to be falling into place as he chases a 21st Grand Slam title.

Five-time champion Venus Williams did better with her comeback attempt. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and delivered 16 aces. She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.

Anderson is the first South African man in the Wimbledon last-eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

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The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was given a code violation for receiving coaching while beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-6 (4), 6-0.

In the first round, she started by conceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games.

The 29th-seeded Buzarnescu beat Katie Swan of Britain 6-0, 6-3, clinching the match with a backhand victor on No. 3 Court.

Buzarnescu is making her first appearance at the grass-court Grand Slam, having risen from 213th in the rankings a year ago to No. 28.

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

Federer hit 35 winners and offered up not a single break point as he took his streak to 24 consecutive sets won at the All England Club, having waltzed to the title previous year.

After the review confirmed the ball landed on the line, umpire Juan Zhang awarded the point to Cibulkova.

Top seed Federer admitted before the match that he can still get nervous walking out on to Centre Court but he was at his free-flowing best against Lajovic who was little more than a prop in Federer's magic show.

Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka was vulnerable on her second serve throughout, winning just seven of 18 points on it. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4. Some might look at their preparations, and whether they came to Wimbledon ready, but most just crumbled under pressure, often failing to handle hard-hitting, low-ranked opponents.

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