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Eight-time champion Roger Federer followed seed Novak Djokovic to the Wimbledon quarter-finals as the two have eased in their last 16 games.
Djokovic, 34, continued his bid for a record-breaking 20th men’s Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over Chilean Cristian Garin.
Federer, who holds the record alongside Rafael Nadal, went on to win 7-5 6-4 6-2 over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
The Swiss will face second seed Daniil Medvedev or Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
Russian Medvedev was leading 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 3-4 when the pair were forced out of outside court two due to persistent rain.
Djokovic will face Marton Fucsovics in the final eight after the Hungarian defeated Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev.
The Serbian will now play his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final, with only Federer, 39, ahead of him after the Swiss reached his 58th.
Djokovic “plays with wings” in SW19
Defending champion Djokovic didn’t need to find his best level, still having enough quality to beat 17th seed Garin.
Against Fucsovics, Djokovic will probably be more tested than against clay specialist Garin on center court.
The gulf between the five-time champion and an opponent who had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon before this year was just far too wide.
Djokovic served well and took five of his 12 break points, while the fact that the Serbian won 63% of total points played demonstrated the one-sided nature of the game.
“I’m delighted to reach the quarter-finals and I’m even more delighted to see more fans on center court,” said Djokovic, who won in front of a crowd that grew to 75% of the 15,000 spectators.
In a nervous start, Garin failed to earn a point in the first two games, with Djokovic once again seizing a 4-1 lead and winning the first game without losing another point in his matches. service.
After Djokovic had to fight two break points in the second game of the second set, the Serbian reasserted his authority to put pressure on Garin’s serve and claimed the decisive break as he won the last three games.
The 25-year-old Chilean entered the game with a 5-5 career wins and losses record on turf and there was never any risk of it tipping in his favor.
Djokovic covered the third set with two more breaks of service, concluding the victory in one hour and 49 minutes.
The straight-set triumph means Djokovic hasn’t lost a set at the championships since losing to British teenager Jack Draper in the first round.
“My confidence level is very high after winning Roland Garros,” added Djokovic.
“It was one of the biggest wins under these circumstances, especially in week two. It took a lot of me but at the same time it gave me wings.
“The more the tournament progresses, the more I feel more confident on the grass and I look forward to the next challenge. “
Federer steps up a gear
Sixth-seeded Federer will turn 40 next month, but his attitude to success at the place where he has built most of his legacy remains as keen as ever.
A lack of time in court over the past 16 months, due to a knee injury that required two surgeries, has left many wondering how the Swiss will fare this fortnight.
It was another improved performance from the former world number one as he reached the men’s SW19 quarter-finals for a record 18th time.
The first set was delicately ready when an 11th marathon match was stopped – with Sonego on the verge of trying to fight a fourth break point of the match – due to a downpour.
After a 20-minute break for the roof of center court to be knocked down, the 23rd seeded Italy restarted with a double fault to cede the lead – a cruel blow that left fans gasping in sympathy.
Federer saved two break points before serving in game one, then stepped up a gear in the next two sets to seal the victory.
“I felt after the first set that I was able to control things,” said Federer.