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Federer cruises into quarterfinals

AP, AFP-JIJI

Seven-time champion Roger Federer returned to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with a clinical 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tommy Robredo of Spain on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Federer looked in complete control and saved the only break point he faced in the final game of the match with a forehand volley. He has yet to lose a set at the All England Club this year.

Federer, who owns 17 Grand Slam titles, lost in the second round here in 2013, ending his streak of reaching the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive major tournaments.

He served 11 aces and hit 41 winners against Robredo, who defeated Federer in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last year.

The 23rd-seeded Robredo never has been past the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Also Tuesday, French Open runner-up Simona Halep breezed into the women’s quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

The third-seeded Romanian needed just 57 minutes to beat the 72nd-ranked Diyas, who was playing at Wimbledon for the first time.

Halep is the second Romanian woman to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club, joining Virginia Ruzici, who made it to the final eight in 1978 and 1981. Ruzici is now Halep’s manager.

Halep, who has reached the quarterfinals at all three Grand Slams this year, is the only player among the top four seeds left in the draw.

Elsewhere, Sabine Lisicki, last year’s beaten finalist, shrugged off a shoulder injury to book her place in the Wimbledon last eight with a hard-fought victory over Yaroslava Shvedova.

The German 19th seed defeated the Kazakh world No. 65 in three sets, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in just under two hours on Court Three.

Lisicki has now reached the quarterfinals in all of her last five Wimbledon outings.

She faces third seed Halep on Wednesday for a place in the semis.

The 24-year-old had a medical timeout at 1-1 in the final set, with the trainer working on her right shoulder after a painful serve.

She had a further massage at 4-3 up and the work seemed to do the trick as Lisicki broke to leave her serving for the match at 5-3.

Shvedova broke straight back to stay in the match but the German then fashioned three match points and eventually sealed the 56-minute set.