Federer, Serena aim to advance in Wimbledon
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be expected to maintain their flawless progress at Wimbledon as the title favorites head into the fourth round looking to survive the tournament’s giant-killing carnage today.
Federer has been in imperious mood in pursuit of his ninth Wimbledon crown, while Williams is rounding into form just as the seven-time champion’s rivals have collapsed all around her. The status quo has been challenged like never before in the women’s singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the Wimbledon last 16 for the first time in the Open area.
In the men’s draw, third seed Marin Cilic, fourth seed Alexander Zverev and sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov have all fallen.
But it’s business was usual for Federer as the defending champion took his consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 29 in a third round dismissal of Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
Federer’s 175th win from 200 career grass-court matches saw him overtake Jimmy Connors as the most successful male player on the surface.
Next, the Swiss star faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarter-finals.
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.
Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world number one Rafael Nadal - yet to drop a set in his first three matches - and three-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic - playing his way back to his best this week - are lurking as potential final opponents.
With the draw opening up in her favor, Williams is widely expected to make history with a first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September last year.
A series of unexpected results have seen Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki all eliminated. The 36-year-old faces Russian qualifier - and fellow mother - Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16.