Roger Federer’s Wimbledon 2014 title quest continues as he advanced to the quarter-finals with a flawless victory against 23rd-seeded Tommy Robredo on the No. 1 Court. The Swiss Maestro dictated the terms throughout the fourth round encounter in which he made good use of his probing serves, including 11 aces, and surged to the net whenever possible – he was successful in 29 of such attempts.
The battle of 32-year-old athletes commenced with Roger constructing a 3-0 lead and breaking one more time to put the outcome of the opener beyond doubt. The set point number two did the trick for the favorite who inflicted further misery on the Spaniard by stealing his serve in the first game of the following set. FedEx did not put a foot wrong during his service games in that part of the clash and held to love five times in a row for a two-set advantage. He was the player asking the questions in the third one as well and produced a couple of break points at 3-3. Robredo rescued them both before missing a forehand sitter to gift the Swiss another chance to get his nose in front – Federer’s attack in the follow-up rally paid off and he confirmed the break to move 5-3 ahead. He struggled a bit to serve out the match, but did so eventually to win 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and forty-three minutes and set up an all-Swiss showdown versus Stanislas Wawrinka, seed number five. Stan faced no break point threats and blasted 31 aces when meeting nineteenth seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain to defeat him 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-3. The current Swiss number one has not played in a Wimbledon quarter-final yet.
Up-and-coming Australian Nick Kyrgios caused a great upset on the Centre Court to eliminate the World no. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round four. The 19-year-old wild card holder, who saved nine match points in the second round clash against Richard Gasquet, showed his talent as well as cool nerves today to prevent Rafa taking over the initiative. The second seed had to rescue a set point at 6-5 in the opener to take it to a tie-break, but fell one nil behind nonetheless. The first break of the afternoon came late in the second set and the king of clay consolidated it to level the terms. The third set was as evenly contested as the previous two with Nadal almost going 2-1 ahead, yet he was stretched to a breaker where the 144th-ranked Canberra native edged him out again. Kyrgios maintained amazingly high level of play (he scored a total of 70 winners to Nadal’s 44) and serving in the fourth set as he prepared a break point chance with a stunning backhand winner and grabbed a 3-1 lead after Nadal sent a forehand long. The teenager cemented the break and smashed his 37th ace to hold to love in the final game in order to secure a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory.
Kyrgios will now square off against Canadian Milos Raonic, seed eight, who rallied from a set down to oust tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan by beating him 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3, firing 35 aces in the process.
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