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GOATs banter: Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer agree to exchange notes

GOATs banter: Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer agree to exchange notes

Tendulkar, Tendulkar, the former India captain widely renown as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was impressed by Federer's form after the 20-time Grand Slam champion was spotted praticising his forward defence during his victory over Adrian Mannarino at Wimbledon.

The American superstar advanced as no top-10 women's seeds made the quarter-finals in 50 years of professional tennis, following the fourth-round elimination of world No.7 Karolina Pliskova.

"[He has] this very calm aura that he brings on the court - that even if everything goes wrong, it still seems like everything is ideal and it's okay", said the 6-foot-4 Tsitsipas. Desperate to spoil the Federer and Nadal carnival over the next few days are six challengers - all of whom yearn to play the role of party pooper.

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.

The menace was back in Djokovic's eyes, and he took this momentum with him when seeing off Karen Khachanov in straight sets on Monday.

Isner added another 22 aces to his tournament-topping tally that now stands at 135 after the ninth seed's 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5) triumph over young Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal as the seven-time champion thrashed Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in a Centre Court masterclass.

Djokovic had to play that fourth round match on the Tuesday and quarter-final on the Wednesday, when he was forced to retire against Tomas Berdych with an elbow injury.

Wherever he ends up playing, Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will be favourite to see off Nishikori for a 14th time in 16 meetings.

Meanwhile, 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro are also in familiar territory.

He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995.

"It's always like a big war for me", said Nishikori on facing Djokovic.

But he persevered through dark times and is rewarded with his second successive Slam quarter-final - the first time he has done that since reaching the last eight at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2012.

The underdog was far more competitive thereafter, but Federer still triumphed easily and will face Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson in his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.

He edged Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4), to whom he held a 0-5 head-to-head record entering the match.

Djokovic may have lost the Queen's final to Marin Cilic, but his display was an announcement to the world of tennis that this is a man ready to fight on the big stage once more.

Should England defeat Croatia in Wednesday's semifinal then the national team will feature in a World Cup final for the first time since lifting the trophy in 1966. Del Potro leads two sets to one.

But Murray insists that his old nemesis Djokovic could throw a spanner into the works, with the 31-year-old due to meet Nadal in the semis before a finale with the Swiss maestro.

Federer dropped a mere five points in the opening set against Mannarino and saved his first break point with an ace.

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