The win sets up a quarter-final clash against Czech 11th seed Tomas Berdych next for Djokovic, who admitted his shoulder was causing him some issues.
Johanna Konta advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time by beating Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Andy Murray’s conqueror Sam Querrey has told the British public to “take a chill pill” after he was accused of dashing the hopes of a nation at Wimbledon.
But Nadal, Wimbledon victor in 2008 and 2010, is up against a tricky opponent in Luxembourg’s left-handed serve and volley specialist Gilles Muller, who beat him in the second round in 2005 – the Spaniard’s first loss at the tournament.
“But I didn’t feel like it was unsafe”, said Federer, who has won seven of his record 18 major titles at Wimbledon. She was the first woman to win her debut tour-level title at a Grand Slam tournament since 1979. Though Mannarino is ranked considerably lower than numerous other players to have reached the fourth round, he has scored some impressive wins en route to the fourth round.
Djokovic said the conditions were not risky, but the uneven surface could cause unpredictable bounces and affect the outcome of points and even matches.
Milos Raonic is back into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, a year after he lost in the final to Andy Murray.
On Wednesday, Federer matched the big-serving Canadian with 11 aces while crunching a spectacular 46 winners.
At one point early in the second set, Djokovic slung a backhand long over the baseline before picking a fresh ball from his pocket and smashing it to the turf with his racket.
On Friday, Federer will face Berdych for a berth in the final.
Perhaps it could have moved Djokovic and Mannarino after clearing the grounds of all but No. 1 Court ticket holders. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw almost uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear. Murray was hampered by a sore hip.
Legit beef? “Hard to say just from watching, but to me, it looks like Centre Court is in better condition than it ever has been”.
“I’m going to talk with specialists, as I have done in the past year, to try to figure out what’s the best way to treat it and find a long-term solution”.
“But it’s obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. It was an opportunity and I’m sad it’s over”.
“I’m still in a state of shock”.
When that epic match ended, darkness was approaching, but Centre Court, with its roof and lights, was empty and apparently available. “I was probably a little more fired up today, especially in the fourth and fifth sets”. “We respect that Angelique is number one in the world, Muguruza is a Grand Slam victor”.
The Serbian needed a medical timeout, while leading 4-3 in the third set, for treatment on his right shoulder, and there was obvious relief as he claimed victory after two hours and 14 minutes. “There was plenty of time, and it would have given Djokovic equal rest”.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion had to face Adrian Mannarino a day later than scheduled due to the late finish of Rafael Nadal’s defeat against Gilles Muller.
“To go be cut in a surgery or to poison myself with pills… none of these solutions is good”.
Cilic, who had lost in the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the last three years, is the third Croatian man to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after Goran Ivanisevic and Mario Ancic.
This will be his 12th semifinal appearance at Wimbledon.