Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

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While tennis purists salivate at the prospect of another dream final showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two living legends' greatest rival is threatening to tear up the script.

'Rafa [Nadal] and Roger played all four matches on Centre, myself only one'.

Djokovic, victor of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori. Centre Court was always an option.

Three times he was scheduled last on court, putting him at risk of falling victim to fading light with the burden of having to return the following day.

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. "It is part of what a tennis match is about".

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club.

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"It was quite a unusual feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years", Djokovic said ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals.

"It's what I wished for", said Djokovic when asked if he would have preferred to move to Centre Court.

"I'm very proud to be in the same time as them".

The Swiss great has played every match on Centre Court since then, losing in the semifinals in 2016 and winning a record eighth title past year.

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But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time. We are talking about me being in the quarter-finals.

Federer, who will face either Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils in the last eight, needed just 16 minutes to wrap up the opening set against Mannarino.

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Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.

Djokovic is the man in the shadows at Wimbledon, reprising a role he has grown accustomed to while the crowd gush over Federer and Nadal.

"Playing with the wind helps a lot".

It would also give him a last-8 clash against Juan Martin del Potro, the 5th seeded Argentine, or unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

Nadal, like Federer yet to drop a set, routed world number 93 Vesely on the eve of the Czech player's 25th birthday.

Anderson, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 US Open, had lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon on three previous occasions.

And when the "God" has said it himself, Roger Federer might well be lifting his 9th Wimbledon title.

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