Tougher for teen to win men's Slam than women, says Federer

Tougher for teen to win men's Slam than women, says Federer

The British number four, who is ranked 182nd in the world, will want to fare better against French Open champion Ashleigh Barty than she did on her last appearance in a major arena - a 6-0 6-0 drubbing by five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open in January.

"I wanted to play mixed because I've only played just about 15 matches so far this year", said Serena. "Incredible it is a first for me (to be in the last 16), new territory for me".

While the Ipswich-born star isn't looking ahead to potential clashes, a win on Monday could set up a quarter-finals match against seven-time Wimbledon victor Serena Williams. I'm glad that I'm able to find a good performance during the match. They've given me some of the most memorable and special moments on a tennis court, so of course it's nice winning that much.

"I'm just doing the best that I can".

"I played a solid match".

Amid the calls of support for Dart, one courageous visitor bucked the trend by letting rip with a "Let's go Ashleigh!" much to the amusement of the crowd, which chuckled with laughter with the score at 4-1.

Pouille, who had seemed to crumble under pressure, saved the first but sent an aggressive forehand wide to give his opponent the set.

Once he survived that mini wobble, he rolled through six successive games before Pouille unexpectedly ended the run by breaking the Federer serve.

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Serving for the set, Stephens let her guard drop and Konta went for the kill, a break, and the set, 6-4. Now my mind, it's more focusing on the arm than maybe on the tennis. "I love to move on the grass, it comes very naturally to me so for me to win today was great ... it's been wonderful".

"I'm ready and excited but I'm definitely nervous".

Serena broke in the sixth game, though, and clinched the set at the third time of asking by making a forehand victor.

All up, Barty has won her past 28 sets in both formats as she continues her bold bid to join Williams and Lindsay Davenport as only the third woman in the past 20 years to claim both the Wimbledon singles and doubles crowns. "And the generation before me also didn't play all Slams", Roger Federer continued.

Federer's 17th appearance in the fourth round at Wimbledon takes him ahead of Jimmy Connors on the all-time list.

The 10th-ranked Fognini was trying to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time.

It was a landmark 350th Grand Slam match win for Federer, as the Swiss legend seeks a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title overall at Wimbledon. The applause reached a crescendo just before she stepped up to serve again and were as loud as anything we'd heard in the set.

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