Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Kevin Anderson can beat Roger Federer, says Philipp Kohlschreiber

Kevin Anderson can beat Roger Federer, says Philipp Kohlschreiber

But Mannarino was able to save some face in the wake of the dreaded bagel: he won the first game of the second set and the opening five games lasted longer than entirety of the opening set.

The blow appeared to suck the life out of Mannarino and he was broken in the next game before Federer served out for the match.

Federer admitted after beating Jan-Lennard Struff in the previous round that he pulled out his half-volley return, dubbed the SABR or Sneak Attack By Roger, to keep his Wimbledon stroll exciting.

But, most importantly, they are fit and healthy at the same time and showing signs that a blockbuster rematch might be on the cards come July 15 as they have both reached the fourth round at the grasscourt championships without dropping a set.

"It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher", said Federer after his sixth win in six meetings against French left-hander Mannarino.

"I work very hard every day to be a better player and I now think I can beat these kind of players".

"I really believe it matters who you play against".

'I think most is self-belief, especially with him.

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Despite being the plucky underdog on paper, he knows that, as ever, it will be Federer who receives the crowd's backing on Centre Court.

"I have played Federer in the US Open, in his home town of Basel and here before", the 30-year-old said. "He is popular everywhere".

'I am excited to watch some football and see if it is coming home or not'. "The last match in Basel was a good match and pretty close".

Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be expected to maintain their flawless progress at Wimbledon as the title favourites head into the fourth round looking to survive the tournament's giant-killing carnage on Monday. "But he isn't doing too bad either".

Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches.

The victor will face either Gael Monfils, another enigmatic Frenchman, or eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

Wimbledon's show court has always 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.

Elsewhere in Federer's side of the draw, 2016 finalist Milos Raonic takes on America's Mackenzie McDonald and big-serving John Isner meets Stefanos Tsitsipas, the talented 19-year-old from Greece.

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