Crowd favorite and current GOAT Roger Federer led the top players into the quarterfinals on Monday at Wimbledon, where the All England Club patrons saw the Swiss No. 3 seed reach a record 14th Wimbledon quarterfinals round, tying the record of Jimmy Connors.
The seven-time champ beat unseeded American Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a meeting next with No. 9 seed Marin Cilic.
“I would have never thought that I was going to win the first four matches in straight sets, so I’m extremely pleased,” said Federer, who came into the grass court season hesitantly after missing the French Open with a back injury. “The matches might be tough, but then the rest in between, great.”
He is now three wins away from becoming the first player to win eight Wimbledon singles titles.
Cilic advanced when Kei Nishikori retired from their fourth-round match trailing 6-1, 5-1, citing a rib injury.
Sam Querrey followed-up his upset win over No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic by beating unseeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4. He is the first American to reach the quarters since Mardy Fish five years ago.
Querrey will next meet No. 6 Milos Raonic, who came from two sets down to beat No. 11 David Goffin 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 seed Andy Murray thrilled the home crowd by putting down a much-hyped (by himself) Nick Kyrgios. The Brit handled the Aussie 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 to move into the quarters where he will meet No. 12-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who advanced when French countryman and No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet retired in the first set trailing 2-4, citing a back injury.
“That’s why tennis is great,” Tsonga said. “Two days ago I was 5-5 in the third set [against John Isner], 15-40 against me, two sets to love down, and I came back. I’m still alive in this tournament. Everything can happen in tennis. I’m very confident of my capacity to play great tennis and beat players like Andy.”
The last quarterfinal will see surprise package and No. 32 seed Lucas Pouille of France, who came from 1-2 sets down against No. 19 Bernard Tomic 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8, against the last match between either No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych or Czech countryman Jiri Vesely.
It was the first time Pouille beat a seed at a Slam or won a five-setter.
“I had a big chance to make a semi at Wimbledon,” Tomic said. “But I have to give credit to him, because he played the right tennis to win.”
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