LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer stayed on course for a record ninth Wimbledon title on Monday as he thumped Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.
The Swiss top seed needed only 16 minutes to wrap up the first set and next faces Kevin Anderson who battled past Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(4).
Rafael Nadal was equally brutal in his 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely to book a quarter-final spot for the first time since 2011.
Former champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 to reach the last eight.
Djokovic, three-times winner at the All England Club, next meets 24th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1.
Seven-times champion Serena Williams powered past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, posting her 90th singles match win at the All England Club with a 6-2 6-2 victory.
German 11th seed Angelique Kerber ensured she was the highest-seeded player remaining in the women’s draw with a 6-3 7-6(5) win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.
Highlights from day seven of the Wimbledon championships on Monday (times GMT):
Novak Djokovic needed an hour and 46 minutes to dispatch Russian 22-year-old Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 and make the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the 10th time in his career.
“I’m very pleased... he’s got weapons, a big first serve and a big forehand... It was difficult conditions. The last couple of games, I couldn’t really see the ball well,” Djokovic said.
Play was suspended due to bad light in the fourth round match between fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro and Gilles Simon. Argentine Del Potro led 7-6(1) 7-6(5) 5-7.
Kevin Anderson beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(4) to set up a quarter-final showdown with top seed Roger Federer. Federer has a 4-0 head-to-head record against the South African.
Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up in 2011, with a regulation 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Jiri Vesely in one hour and 53 minutes.
Roger Federer said he was not worried that sports fans could face a potential dilemma with the soccer World Cup final clashing with the Wimbledon title clash on July 15.
Asked if the two major finals happening at the same time would detract from the atmosphere, the Swiss said: “I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on.”
Japan’s Kei Nishikori converted two out of eight break point opportunities and hit 47 winners as he overcame Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1 on Court Two.
American John Isner advanced with a 6-4 7-6(8) 7-6(4) win over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Joining him in the last eight was Canadian Milos Raonic who downed American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.
Serena Williams fired 30 winners and converted four out of five breakpoints to overcome Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2. Williams, the 25th seed after her return from maternity leave, takes on Camila Giorgi in the last eight as she continues her quest for an eighth title at Wimbledon.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the women’s draw at number 11, overcame a determined Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5).
Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to claim the opening set against Adrian Mannarino, before coming through 6-0 7-5 6-4 to reach his 15th quarter-final in 16 appearances. The defending champion has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon.
1335 GERMAN GOERGES THROUGH TO QUARTER-FINALS
Julia Goerges, whose previous five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, produced a clinical display to beat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in their fourth-round clash. The German 13th seed prevailed in 75 minutes and meets Kiki Bertens next.
Seventh-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova suffered a 6-3 7-6(1) defeat by Kiki Bertens on Monday. With Pliskova’s exit, the top 10 seeds in the women’s draw have crashed out of the tournament.
Dominika Cibulkova powered past Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei 6-4 6-1 while Jelena Ostapenko came from 5-2 down in the first set to knock out Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(4) 6-0.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond and Clare Lovell