"I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on". "The only different thing", he said, "is that it's Federer in front of me".
The Serb 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.
"It's true, it has been a while", Nadal said. Which match would you put on Court One of those three?
On Monday, he nearly fell victim to the scheduling curse again.
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.
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"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said.
"The fact that it is the Centre Court, and the fact that it is a lot of people in the stands - it's not changing anything, actually".
The Latvian player also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams.
Wherever he ends up playing, Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will be favourite to see off Nishikori for a 14th time in 16 meetings.
Both Anderson of South Africa and the 44th-ranked Monfils of France were bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the first time on their 10th appearance at the All England Club.
He is also the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995. "I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong", she said.
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In a sense, it is one more bullet point that belongs on the list of Federer's contributions to tennis when he retires: 20 Grand Slam titles (and counting); eight Wimbledon titles (and counting); and unofficial coach and mentor to the next generation that both reveres and hopes to supplant him one day, as he did Sampras almost two decades ago.
Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the 3rd round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006.
In the first set when Federer led 2-0, he just defended a return from the Frenchman.
Federer, sublime so far, will be a step up but Anderson is making all the right noises as he prepares for arguably the biggest challenge in tennis.
Lurking on Federer's side of the draw is an intriguing unknown: the unseeded Mackenzie McDonald, who sounds as if he should have drifted down from the Highlands but is in fact a 23-year-old Californian with a solid pedigree and little to lose.
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Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favorite once again. The 36-year-old is also on a streak of 32 consecutive sets won at the tournament, just two off his record.
Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016. "Facing Roger again will be something fantastic".