Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday.
This came after Federer took to channeling his inner Tendulkar while playing his fourth-round match against France's Adrian Mannarino whom he defeated 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.
Since he exited Wimbledon at the first-round stage previous year, Anderson has enjoyed a solid return, making four finals, including his deep run at the US Open where he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
Sixteen minutes, one unforced error, all six games won and just five points dropped in the second-quickest set he has ever played at the All England Club.
Mannarino put up much more of a fight in the second set, which appeared to be heading towards a tie-break until the 36-year-old Swiss broke in the 11th game, and then successfully served it out. He's played there a few more times than that.
Defending champion Roger Federer, who is more than likely to be playing in Sunday's final, even joked that maybe the World Cup final should move to accommodate the Wimbledon title match. Asked if he had expected to be switched to Centre, where matches can go on till 11pm under floodlights, the three-times Wimbledon champion said: "Of course, it's always an option".
Rather than simply guiding the bouncing ball away and towards one of the ball kids, Federer thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some bonus entertainment for his adoring fans at Wimbledon.More news: IHOB was faking it - it’s back to pancakes for IHOP
While Williams boasts 23 major championships, the remaining seven women have combined for just three: Angelique Kerber has won two (2016 Australian Open and 2016 U.S. Open) and Jelena Ostapenko one (2017 French Open).
Nadal, who plays at a slower, more deliberate pace, had no trouble with 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely either, dismissing him, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, in less than two hours.
Twelve months on and he fancies his chances of reaching the semi-finals having declared himself "physically (and) mentally ready (and) fit" to face Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori.
Nadal has made the quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.
As it stands, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is now on 8,950 points while Federer, who has to win a ninth Wimbledon title to retain the full 2,000 points, is now on 8,720.
An eight-time victor of the men's singles at the All England Club, Federer was an overwhelming favorite against the 22nd seed and never looked like falling victim to a huge upset. I think people can see that and can feel that. Del Potro leads Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 0-0.