ATP Wimbledon: Roger Federer sprints past Struff to stay on title course

07 July, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Alyssa Little
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And given Raonic was the last man to beat Federer at Wimbledon, that might provide hope to those players.

"She played really well".

Serena Williams and seventh-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova both won on Friday to avoid this year's surprising cull of favourites.

For Williams, losing the first set was nothing unusual at Wimbledon this year after she battled back to win her opening two matches following the same deficit.

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. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women have gone out before the end of Week 1.

The American 25th seed moved into the second week without dropping a set and will next face Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.

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Cutting out the play-acting would also help Neymar win votes, 1990 World Cup victor Lothar Matthaeus said Wednesday. Another fan from Colombia taught his cat to scream " goooal " to celebrate his team's goal-scoring moments.

The seven-time champion came from a break down in the first set to get past Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2). "I think I played much better today", Nadal said.

The 38-year-old American, last year's runner-up, was the oldest women's singles entrant in 2018.

"Serena is my idol", Rodina said.

Cilic blew a two-set lead in his 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 loss to Argentina's Guido Pella, ranked at 82. "So it will be great to play against her".

Earlier in the day, US Open finalist Madison Keys struggled to find her rhythm in a 7-5 5-7 6-4 defeat to Russian qualifier Rodina.

She is 36 and, against all odds, approaching the level that has brought her 23 grand slam titles, one short of the all-time record held by Margaret Court.

Keys added: "It's definitely been a challenge that I have had to deal with where all of a sudden I'm the one that's supposed to win and people are playing with nothing to lose and playing their best tennis".

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