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Defending champion Roger Federer has reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set after he outclassed France’s Adrian Mannarino.

Federer 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 or France’s Gael Monfils in the last eight on Wednesday.

The top seed is bidding for a joint record ninth singles title to draw level with Martina Navratilova.

The 36-year-old Swiss served out the match with an ace out wide, winning in one hour and 45 minutes.

Fast start for the ‘Fed Express’

Federer has been described as the ‘Fed Express’ by some – and the 20-time Grand Slam champion lived up to that moniker as he raced into full speed from the first ball.

Federer broke in the opening game and allowed Mannarino just two points on his way into a 5-0 lead as Centre Court witnessed one of the most one-sided encounters in recent years.

The Frenchman, who has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, somehow managed to force a break point in the sixth game, only to see Federer save it with an ace and then go on to wrap up the opening set in just 16 minutes.

Wimbledon’s show court has long been enthralled by the eight-time champion – but even the usually pro-Federer crowd felt sympathy for the manner in which Mannarino was being beaten.

Encouraging cheers greeted an ace from the Frenchman in his opening service game, only topped when he finally got on the scoreboard after saving four break points in an eight-minute battle.

The crowd wanted to see a contest and that is what they got in the second set.

Mannarino fought back as he pushed Federer to 4-4, despite being unable to make any dents on his opponent’s accurate serving.

However, a poor service game in the 10th game – summed up by a wild forehand – allowed Federer to convert the decisive break of the second set.

More to follow.

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