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Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, raising hopes of another titanic title decider a decade after the duo's so-called match of the century.

The idea of another Nadal-Federer final seems to have most people quite excited - except Nadal himself.

But all this talk is incredibly presumptuous, particularly when Novak Djokovic remains in the fold.

"I'm very proud to be in the same era as him and Roger Federer".

Anderson is yet to win a set in four previous meetings with the Swiss maestro but in the three years since they last met he has developed his all-round game to such an extent that he reached last year's U.S. Open final, losing to Rafael Nadal. But it's nothing new. But the 26-year-old underdog isn't ruling out an epic upset against Williams.

But the 20-time Grand Slam champion has been pushed down to Court 1 after Novak Djokovic requested to play on Centre.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon as he set up a last eight encounter with either number eight seed Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils.

But that's where it all came crashing down for Djokovic.

Monday's win took Nadal, 32, into a 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

So, with two quarter-finals being played on Centre Court and two on Court One, something has got to give.

Djokovic has played twice on the 11,000-capacity Court One this year but was shunted off to the 4,000-seater Court Two for his second round clash against Horacio Zeballos.

As it turned out, events conspired to spoil Nike's plans - as a 21-year-old Andy Murray knocked out Nadal in the semi-final.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Djokovic had told reporters that he had been hopeful of playing his quarter-final match on Centre Court before telling Serbian media that he "deserved" the honour and meant to lobby the All England Club.

He was keen to downplay his own chances of Wimbledon success in the build-up, but his performances in south-west London have been saying otherwise.

He has sent down 96 aces in four rounds and dropped serve just six times.

The Serb has only played once on Centre this year - his third-round win over Edmund.

He managed to finish off Russia's Karen Khachanov in straight sets in the gathering gloom on Monday.

Djokovic simply can not be overlooked. "I always had that lead in the bag and then it was important for me to stay focused".

"Now the matches are only going to get tougher", Djokovic said on Monday. Is true has been a while since I have been in that position. It's normal that I lost here, too.

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