Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer continues flawless start at SW19

Roger Federer

GETTYRoger Federer is expected to win Wimbledon for a ninth time this year

World number two Federer, eyeing a 21st Grand Slam title, has won all five of his previous meetings with Mannarino, a 30-year-old journeyman who has never been past the last 16 at a major.

Despite his Wimbledon success he is still only the second-best player in the last 50 years. When you get off to a good start in set one and two, you're able to just enjoy the moment more than when you're struggling early on, especially at the tournament like I explained yesterday.

The Canadian split the first two sets with Australian qualifier Dennis Novak and was up 6-5 in the third set before darkness halted play on Friday night.

Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer continued his serene run at Wimbledon as he strolled into the last 16 with 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff yesterday. "I mean, if you told me I'd be in the second week of Wimbledon before the tournament, I wouldn't believe you".

"I played Pella, as well, before in Stuttgart on the grass". He has lost the previous five but impressed in their most -recent meeting, in Basel past year, when he won the opening set.

Nine out of the women's top 10 seeds have now exited the first week of competition and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova is the highest seed that remains.

The 36-year-old will next face 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino of France, who beat Russian Daniil Medvedev, in the last 16.

Serena Williams is yet again the favourite to win Wimbledon.

The American 25th seed moved into the second week without dropping a set and will next face Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina. Williams meets the victor of Camila Giorgi and the perennial giant-killer Ekaterina Makarova, who put out the second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. I don't think "Rafa" is going to be liking the ball that's going to come at him constantly for three hours.

Since tennis turned professional in 1968, this is the worst showing at Wimbledon by the women's seeds.

Seven-time victor Williams, the favourite for the women's title, plays Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.

Venus couldn't complete a third consecutive comeback as she lost to 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round on Friday (Saturday NZT).

"It was an unprofessional attitude from me today".

She is the fourth former women's champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year's victor Garbine Muguruza.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev reached the third round in the men's event by beating Taylor Fritz of the USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended a day earlier after the third set.

Meanwhile, 13th seed Julia Goerges, Donna Vekic, Ekaterina Makarova, Camila Giorgi all progressed to the fourth round.

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