Sublime Federer into quarter-finals, Lisicki survives

Tue Jul 1, 2014 10:49am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer's immaculate Wimbledon continued as he moved smoothly into the quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career on Tuesday by outclassing Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

The Swiss, bidding for a record eighth title at the grassscourt slam, needed only one hour 34 minutes of sublime tennis to win 6-1 6-4 6-4 and avenge a humiliating defeat at the hands of Robredo at last year's U.S. Open.

All eyes have been on defending champion Andy Murray's regal progress through the draw so far this year but Federer again issued a reminder that, when his game is flowing there are few better sights in world sport.

Sunshine ushered in day eight of the championships and organizers sought to re-calibrate the men's and women's singles draws on a day usually reserved for the women's last eight.

Last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki, a round behind after having to finish off third round opponent Ana Ivanovic on Monday, survived a shoulder injury scare to beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 3-6 6-4.

The German 19th seed took a medical time-out in the middle of a game at 1-1 in the decider, having her shoulder massaged while lying on the turf, but recovered to reach the quarter-final for the fifth time in five visits.

Romania's "Miss Consistency" Simona Halep raced to a 6-3 6-0 fourth-round win over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas as she maintained her dazzling from in this year's slams.

The Wimbledon third seed reached the French Open final earlier this month and began the year with a quarter-final run at the Australian Open.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Tommy Robredo of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014.     REUTERS/Toby Melville