"I didn't feel comfortable on the court for long time".
The Czech gifted Nadal the one break he needed to win the first set with a double-fault, but the Spaniard took matters into his own hands in the second, clubbing two forehand winners to grab one break and winning the set on Vesely's serve with a sliced victor as his opponent lumbered forward.
Sometimes the obvious is invisible to the uncritical or dreaming eye.
Since he exited Wimbledon at the first-round stage a year ago, 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. Others have used the tournament as a springboard to bigger things, including Grigor Dimitrov, Gael Monfils and Aga Radwanska. I lost in the fourth round against a player I can lose to (Nick Kyrgios), 2015 was a very bad year for me, not on grass, on most of the surfaces. They have joked all week that they probably will retire at the same time, and that could take them all the way to the 2020 Olympics. It is the first time in Wimbledon history not one of the top 10 women's seeds have reached the quarterfinals.
"I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest."
So, too, is 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada.
The heat elsewhere will be in the fire of competition.
Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.
"His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson. Williams meets the victor of Camila Giorgi and the perennial giant-killer Ekaterina Makarova, who put out the second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.
"I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets".
Roger Federer cruised into yet another Wimbledon quarter-final with one of the most straightforward wins of his career on Monday. "It makes the job harder", Mannarino said.
The 36-year-old Federer has qualified for the last-eight without dropping a set and now has won 32 straight sets at All England Club now.
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said it was a "privilege" to still be able to see the Swiss marvel strut his stuff on tennis's most famous centre court and, a month shy of his 37th birthday, Federer said he could barely believe it either.
Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Jiri Vesely.
The build-up to playing Federer will be a little quieter. His former coach, Wayne Ferreira, said at the start of the tournament, "He is one to watch" - and he is not wrong.
The 22nd seed, humbled by the opening-set bagel, did manage to put up a much sterner challenge in the second, taking it to 5-5.
Isner added another 22 aces to his tournament-topping tally that now stands at 135 after the ninth seed's 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5) triumph over young Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas can make history by becoming the first Greek player - man or woman - to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final if he beats U.S. ninth seed John Isner.