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Wimbledon 2010: Federer and Nadal into quarter-finals

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Roger Federer was back to his ominous best

Roger Federer made short work of Austria's Jurgen Melzer to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and stay on target for his seventh singles crown.

The defending champion was rarely troubled by the subdued 16th seed and won 6-3 6-2 6-3 in 85 minutes.

Top seed Federer next plays 12th seed Tomas Berdych in his 25th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

Second seed Rafael Nadal beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight clash with Robin Soderling.

Meanwhile France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Andy Murray after beating compatriot Julien Benneteau 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-1.


Third seed Novak Djokovic beat 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-4, while the Czech Republic's Berdych defeated unseeded German Daniel Brands 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 6-3.

And Sweden'sSoderling came through his first real test of the tournament by beating Spanish ninth seed David Ferrer 6-2 5-7 6-2 3-6 7-5.

Top seed Federer was satisfied with his performance, telling BBC Sport: "The start of the match was vital. I got the early break, he broke back but I was in my rhythm.

"I think my form is good enough but obviously the opponents are going to get more and more difficult.

"I know how to win here which is a great advantage for me but there are so many great players left in the draw so it is still a very difficult tournament to win. I will try to give myself a chance and see where it goes."

Federer, 28, dropped three sets against Alejandro Falla and Ilija Bozoljac in the first two rounds but looked back to his best in dismantling Arnaud Clement in round three.

And the Swiss barely broke sweat in searing temperatures on Centre Court, sweeping Melzer aside with the kind of dominant display which has been his trademark since he first won the title in 2003.

Federer dropped his opening service game but broke back immediately and it was all plain-sailing after that, with the Austrian, who had never previously reached the fourth round at SW19, unable to make any impact on his opponent's serve and Federer producing winners at will.

World number one Nadal was back at his aggressive best after two five-set matches earlier in the tournament, failing to let a drunken fan who had to be led away by police or a back injury to Mathieu distract him.

Nadal dismisses injury concerns

The Frenchman, who called for an injury time out while trailing 5-2 in the second set, had no answer to Nadal's all-court game and suffered his 10th successive defeat to the 2008 champion after exactly two hours of play.

"I think I played really well but I have also played well in my last two matches," the Spaniard said.

"My opponent had different characteristics which made my game a little easier to play. There were more rallies from the baseline and his serve was little bit easier to return than what I have faced in the last two matches."

Nadal, who was fined £2,000 after being warned for being coached during a match in Saturday's third round match against Philipp Petzschner, now faces Soderling and added: "He is one of the most difficult opponents you can play and he is playing great."

Soderling, the sixth seed, had not lost a set coming into the match but was drawn into a lengthy encounter by Ferrer, who had only reached the fourth round once before.

The match finally ended when Ferrer sent a service return long after three hours and three minutes.

The 25-year-old Tsonga reached the last eight for the first time with a victory on Court 12 over his occasional doubles partner.

Tsonga, seeded 10th, served 14 aces and was particularly strong on first serve. He made a rash of mistakes to give away the third set but was almost flawless in the next as he clinched a last-eight clash with British fourth seed Murray, who beat American Sam Querrey in straight sets.

Djokovic was two sets ahead of Hewitt with barely 80 minutes on the clock but the Serb complained of feeling sick in the third and had to take medication.

Djokovic rips shirt in celebration

The Australian seized his chance and pulled a set back before Djokovic recovered to set up a quarter-final against Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, who upset fifth seed and last year's beaten finalist Andy Roddick.

Asked if he could tell if Djokovic was struggling, Hewitt said "I don't know, he's always got something", to which the Serb replied: "Everybody has an opinion. I don't know why people think I'm always having something, which is absolutely wrong.

"I haven't asked for a medical time-out for a long time, but every time I do, someone has to say something, so I don't know."

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