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Federer makes it to Wimbledon qtrs


 
 LONDON, July 4: Roger Federer reached his 14th Wimbledon quarterfinal and tied Martina Navratilova’s all-time Grand Slam record of 306 match wins on Monday.

The seven-time champion achieved his double landmark by seeing off Steve Johnson of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in the fourth round on Centre Court.

Federer, the third seed, next takes on Croatia’s Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals.

Cilic, the ninth seeded Croatian, progressed to his third Wimbledon quarterfinal when Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of their last-16 clash with a rib injury in the second set.

Federer has a 6-1 record over Cilic but the big Croatian stunned the 17-time major champion in the US Open semifinals in 2014 on his way to his maiden Grand Slam title.

Nishikori pulled out against Cilic suffering from a rib injury at 6-1, 5-1 down.

Sam Querrey followed up his shock defeat of Novak Djokovic by beating French veteran Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis demolished the challenge of Christina Mchale and Jelena Ostapenko to move into the quarterfinals but Rohan Bopanna lost a marathon third round with partner Florin Mergea to bow out of the Wimbledon Championships here today.

The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair of Sania and Martina overpowered the American-Latvia combination 6-1, 6-0 in the third round contest that lasted just 46 minutes.

World number one Serena Williams kept her bid for a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title on track at Wimbledon, overpowering Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in a 7-5, 6-0 in the fourth-round on Monday. – Agencies

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