Roger Federer continues flawless start at SW19 - Wimbledon 2018

07 July, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Wimbledon order of play star Novak Djokovic

Two more members of the women's top 10 have fallen, with Madison Keys - seeded 10th - being upset by Evgeniya Rodina and No. 9-seeded Venus Williams falling to No. 20 Kiki Bertens.

Federer played first on Wednesday, then came Serena.

"Honestly, I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves", the 23-year-old told reporters.

After reaching the final past year and the semi-finals in 2016, Venus was expected to mount another strong challenge for the Wimbledon title.

Serena Williams is back to the Round of 16 for her second consecutive Grand Slam.

Unseeded American Taylor Fritz also unexpectedly took a 2-1 lead over world No. 4 and tournament fourth seed Alexander Zverev before their second round match suspended by darkness. Her sister, five-time champion Venus, lost Friday, while Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza were eliminated earlier.

Serena Williams ran her Wimbledon winning streak to 17 matches and moved into the fourth round with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over 62nd-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France, thanks in part to 13 aces.

The world number 64 has had to fight back from two sets to love down in his first two matches to beat Leonardo Mayer and 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic.

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"I have played the qualies and three matches this week which were all three sets", said 29-year-old Rodina, one of six mothers in the draw at the start of the tournament.

Roger Federer and South African world No.8 Kevin Anderson were joined in the third round by world No.1 Rafael Nadal and fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday.

But his defeat is good news for defending champion Roger Federer, who was on course to face Cilic in the semi-finals.

"I'm happy I found a way today".

Nadal will be up against the promising Alex de Minaur, who beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3.

If anyone doubted Serena Williams was worth consideration as a victor of this tournament for an eighth time - let alone the 25th seeding that has caused a minor stir in the locker room - she provided the most emphatic statement of intent with her third straight-sets win of the week to reach the fourth round on a wave of growing self-belief.

"Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn't do anything".

However, she lost her way after that and went a set and 4-0 down before recomposing herself and taking it to a third.

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