Rafael Nadal vs Gilles Muller: Wimbledon fourth round preview and prediction

Gilles Muller

Djokovic's main problem was the state of Centre Court, echoing other players concerns on the breaking up of the surface.

"He felt it firsthand for a couple of years, we've been through ups and downs, both of us", Djokovic told the media when asked about Becker's comments.

The German, however, has had a hard time in previous meetings with Federer, failing to win a single set in four encounters. "Obviously when you're playing well, then you're feeling well, then you're even more, I guess, motivated, passionate to see how far it can take you".

Grigor Dimitrov reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon back in 2014 when he played his best tennis and was a top 10 player.

The pattern was nearly identical in the third set, a break in third game, and some spectacular rallies between the two on the way to a hold, 3-1.

The seemingly ageless Federer continued his quest for an unprecedented eighth men's singles crown at nearly 36 with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4 third-round victory over Mischa Zverev.

Angelique Kerber continued her strong play on the grass courts, but needed three sets to get past unseeded American Shelby Rogers. Indeed, although the head to head is fairly lopsided in favour of Nadal, Muller has generally given a good account of himself when they have played, and fans should expect no different on Monday.

Federer's straight-sets victory over Mischa Zverev this evening saw him join Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at SW19 - something which hasn't happened for three years.

The result made Federer the first man to get to 15-0 in third-round matches at Wimbledon. Federer won 83 percent of his first-serve points, 73 percent of his second-serve points and faced only two break points in the match. He's now run his consecutive sets streak at majors to 28, tying his personal best and, in the Open era, sitting behind only Federer's run of 36 from 2006-07, and John McEnroe's of 35 in 1984.

World number 30 Zverev has improved significantly since 2015, when he was outside the top 1000 in the world rankings. He won a first title of the Grand Slam four and a half years by winning the Australian open, beating Nadal in the final. But win he did, and Britain's Aljaz Bedene, making his third round debut at Wimbledon provided less trouble.

Having put out Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets then Mikhail Youzhny in four, the Canadian takes on Spain's 25th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas first up on Court One.

How do they match up?

Zverev did not back off one inch, though, taking to the front of the court, forcing Federer to serve and volley precisely, but also to pull off passes from the back of the court.

He also added, "I'm ready for a tough one but sure again, another exciting match because he's a great shotmaker".

Of the 16 survivors in the men's draw, Muller is most likely to be seen following his serve into the net-a tactic he has employed on a quarter of his deliveries so far, racking up an impressive 82 percent success rate. And just maybe he even might just be able to pull an upset.

Nadal has the game to beat the defending champion, but Murray may find a way to figure out how to beat the Spaniard on grass.

Federer brushed aside Mischa Zverev on Saturday before revealing he feels his fitness levels are higher than when he won the Australian Open for a fifth time at the start of the year.



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