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10 July, 2018, 11:06 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

As the grass rested on a murderously hot Sunday, numerous 16 contenders left standing after a week of minor carnage prepared for a charge at the final weekend suspecting - but never admitting - that the winner's name is likely to be the one that has already been engraved on the trophy eight times.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has yet to drop a set in this tournament.

That match kicks off at 16:00 BST on Sunday and the men's singles finalists will walk out on Centre Court two hours earlier.

The win also allowed Isner, the highest-ranked USA man, to have something about Wimbledon to relish other than his victory in the longest match in tennis history: 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours spread over three days in 2010.

Sometimes the obvious is invisible to the uncritical or dreaming eye.

Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it's the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Returning to Wimbledon on the back of a three-match run at Roland Garros - her comeback tournament after giving birth for the first time in September - the 2016 champion has swatted away her opposition for the cost of 24 games. We are not talking about already that I played a final or I won the tournament. She revealed also she has never even spoken to Williams, whom she has long admired. So, too, is 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

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The heat elsewhere will be in the fire of competition.

Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

The argument against the top two seeds in the men's draw meeting in the final in one week's time is the fact that we've seen this matchup numerous times and some people may want to see a new name or matchup in a Grand Slam final, which is an understandable line of thinking. Gone are two of the touted glamour prodigies, Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev, along with the fallen enigma Nick Kyrgios, leaving the stage to faces as familiar as your grandfather's to fight for the prize. So I'm very happy to be in the quarters'.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, seeded a lowly 12 this year, can make his 10th Wimbledon quarter-final if he defeats unseeded Karen Khachanov, the world number 40 from Russian Federation.

Nadal has some hard work ahead of him.

What they would probably have preferred is to play on a Centre Court with a retractable grass surface - one that can open up and swallow them whole and spare them from receiving any further punishment from the most elegant executioner in tennis.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Jiri Vesely.

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