Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Advance; Alexander Zverev Stunned at 2018 Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Advance; Alexander Zverev Stunned at 2018 Wimbledon

Meanwhile, reigning top-ranked men's player Rafael Nadal was kept on Centre Court longer than he would have liked but that did not stop him from putting baby-faced Alex de Minaur firmly in his place with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.

Alexander Zverev avoided a shock Wimbledon exit as the world number three battled back to beat American youngster Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 on Friday while top seed Roger Federer continued his good form, reaching the second week without dropping a set.

Venus, seeded ninth, was beaten 6-2 6-7 (5) 8-6 by Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens on Court One.

"I think I can be very happy today", said Federer, who will next face France's Adrian Mannarino.

With Edmund serving at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set, the Serbian approached the net and executed a drop volley that Edmund failed to reach on one bounce despite flailing at the ball with his racquet and knocking it close to the line on the other side of the net. But I felt very low energy.

"For me, we played in darkness for one and a half hours". After the second set, I actually went to throw up during the toilet break, which then I felt a little bit better.

But he got his return game going at the start of the second set and won around 43 percent of the British player's service points the rest of the way.

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"I think the last two sets here showed my progress". That's why I couldn't really see his serve.

His only quarter-final result at the Grand Slams came at this year's French Open, where he lost 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 to Austria's Dominic Thiem.

He staged another impressive escape act against Fritz and insisted he didn't care how he got the job done.

"I'd rather go five than lose in four, be out of here, book a flight for me to go home tomorrow". I'm playing third round tomorrow.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, a former top 10 player whose ranking slumped out of the top 300 past year after wrist surgery, made the fourth round for the second time with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Gulbis, a former World No. 10 who famously defeated Roger Federer on his way to the French Open semifinals in 2014, will be playing in the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time at the 11th attempt.

Still only 21, Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles and is firmly established as the brightest young star on the ATP Tour. "I know my game, it's adapting well for this surface and I won in three sets, which is good for my body".

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