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Roger Federer has 'dream' to visit fans in Wimbledon queue

Roger Federer has 'dream' to visit fans in Wimbledon queue

Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world number one Rafael Nadal - yet to drop a set in his first three matches - and three-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic - playing his way back to his best this week - are lurking as potential final opponents.

Federer next faces eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal after edging Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4).

Wimbledon's first week has been characterised by a set of stunning performances and phenomenal upsets.

The Australian Open champion went out before the third round for the fourth time in seven years, losing 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation after complaining to the chair umpire about the insects that invaded No. 1 court during the second set.

Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual dominant self on the grass courts.

At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 miles per hour ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third.

The 36-year-old is now on his joint second longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon - his best was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.

And Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely.

The last of the women's top-10 seeds has been knocked out.

The Canadian 13th seed will play Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak, who beat French 17th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 3-6, 6-2. Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No 7 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. His fourth-round match against Gilles Simon was suspended because of bad light after the fourth-seeded Argentine lost the third set.

Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-6 (4) 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

In the first round, Williams started by ceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games.

The 29th-seeded Buzarnescu beat Katie Swan of Britain 6-0, 6-3, clinching the match with a backhand victor on No. 3 Court. Some might look at their preparations, and whether they came to Wimbledon ready, but most just crumbled under pressure, often failing to handle hard-hitting, low-ranked opponents.

After serving out for the first set, Federer didn't drop a single point on his serve in the second and kept that streak going until he was 30-0 up at 4-1 in the third - when Lacko finally sent a backhand victor down the line.

The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams.

Making her 21st Wimbledon appearance, 38-year-old Venus is the oldest woman in this year's tournament.

Hsieh protested, leading the match referee to come on to discuss the decision with the umpire as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18.

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.