Rafael Nadal In first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011
World number one Rafael Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011 with a straight-sets win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.
The second seed, 32, converted his third match point to win 6-3 6-3 6-4.
The Spaniard is still on track to meet top seed Roger Federer – on the 10th anniversary of their epic 2008 final – in Sunday’s men’s singles showpiece.
Nadal will play either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or France’s Gilles Simon in the last eight.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is playing his first tournament since winning an 11th French Open title last month after pulling out of Queen’s – a move that appears to be paying dividends.
Nadal looks refreshed and in peak condition both mentally and physically having not dropped a set on his way to the quarter-finals.
“It is an important moment for me. I’m happy to be where I am and playing well,” he told BBC Sport.
“They have been four positive matches, I haven’t played on grass for a year and I’m hoping to keep enjoying it.”
Roger Federer Into Wimbledon Quarter-finals By Beating Adrian Mannarino
Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.
Federer, 36, won 6-0 7-5 6-4 against the 22nd seed on Centre Court, and has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19.
He will play South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson in the last eight on Wednesday.
The top seed is bidding for a joint record ninth singles title to draw level with Martina Navratilova.
Federer served out the match with an ace out wide, winning in one hour and 45 minutes.
The Swiss is two sets short of his all-time record streak, which he set between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.
“I wouldn’t know that it happened in ’05 and ’06, I feel like these streaks just happen,” he said.
“I’m equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets. That it happened to be in straights, it helps me for to save energy for the rest of the tournament.”
Serena Williams into Wimbledon quarter-finals with win over Evgeniya Rodina
Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a straightforward win over Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.
In what was a rare meeting between mothers at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament, Williams was in control throughout a 6-2 6-2 victory.
Rodina, whose left thigh and right knee were taped, often moved slowly and could not deal with Williams’ power.
The American, 36, faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi next.