Del Potro sets up Nadal clash at Wimbledon

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While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two living legends' greatest rival is threatening to tear up the script.

One more straight-sets win would have Federer eclipsing his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 sets in a row between the third round in 2005 and the 2006 final. You're talking about Federer, who has won 20 of these grand slams.

The road to recovery following elbow surgery has been rocky for Djokovic, but there were signs of a revival during the clay-court season, which included a run to the French Open quarter-finals, while this rebirth was all-but confirmed with his display at Queen's last month.

After seven years of struggles, Rafael Nadal is finally looking like a contender again at Wimbledon.

Three times he was scheduled last on court, putting him at risk of falling victim to fading light with the burden of having to return the following day.

Three-time champion Djokovic will open the Centre Court programme against Kei Nishikori followed by two-time victor and world number one Rafael Nadal facing Juan Martin del Potro.

Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-8 when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the 8th-seeded South African.

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In many respects, the Swiss was playing against a standard he has set for himself on grass, which has become his natural habitat. "Also at the same time try to treat it like another tennis match".

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down an ace to reach match point number five and this time Simon cracked, netting a backhand to the relief of the Argentine who roared his approval, happy to conserve energy before taking on Nadal.

Simon had an early break in the fourth set, but Del Potro hit back and was on the verge of victory until the Frenchman saved four match points to take it to another tie-break. The Spaniard is hoping his old rival, and eight-time champion, gets knocked out before that.

His forward defensive stroke drew polite applause from tennis fans at the court, and a hilarious exchange on Twitter, after the official Wimbledon account sent a message to the International Cricket Council.

Federer was first on Centre Court on Monday for what is known as Wimbledon's "Manic Monday", in which all 32 remaining singles players vie for a place in the quarterfinals. "It was dark so I couldn't see the ball that well and it was very windy". Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles in 2016, is seeded 11th - making her the highest ranked woman left in the draw.

The top-ranked Nadal bludgeoned 37 winners to take down unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the last eight for the first time in seven years.

Centre Court will rarely have played host to a more one-sided set than Monday's opener, in which Mannarino was embarrassingly outclassed for the most part.