Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic through as Marin Cilic crashes

07 July, 2018, 00:04 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Garbiñe Muguruza Wimbledon 2018

"The rain coming helped me a lot", the 28-year-old, who had not won a match at Wimbledon in his two previous visits before this year, told BBC Sport.

After breaking Buzarnescu for a second time in the set, Pliskova stepped to the line at 5-1 to complete her massive comeback. "I think I played much better today", Nadal said.

Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon victor, is seeded 25th after her tentative return from the birth of her first child.

But instead the 38-year-old was worn down by Dutch 20th seed Bertens in a dramatic third round clash lasting two hours and 40 minutes in sweltering heat on Court One.

Seven of Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the All England Club, including the past two times she played in the grass-court tournament, in 2015 and 2016.

In a match full of big swings, Keys led 5-2 in the first set before Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second.

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The American player won five games in a row to level and then broke back to make it 4-4 in the third set, but Rodina earned another break to secure victory.

John Isner, the United States ninth seed, saved two match points, fired 64 aces and 88 winners to defeat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5.

He is on a great run at Wimbledon since the start of 2017, winning 29 consecutive sets here which is his second longest streak after 2005-2006 when he rattled off 34. "I felt my mind go and move on". Ekaterina Makarova came out on top of Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; while Camila Girogi survived Katerina Siniakova to advance to the Round of 16.

Nick Kyrgios, the 15th seed, also advanced in straight sets, beating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 7-5 to book a date with Kei Nishikori, who ousted Kyrgios's fellow Australian Bernard Tomic 2-6 6-3 7-6 (9-7) 7-5.

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced a backhand victor at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set, then won a tiebreaker to force a deciding set.

The Israeli tennis star Dudi Sela was beaten Tuesday by world number one Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament, in his third loss to the Spaniard in three career matches.

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