Rafael Nadal: Wimbledon second seed reaches fourth round and keeps top ranking

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur braces for Rafael Nadal challenge

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur braces for Rafael Nadal challenge

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the third round match against Australia's Alex De Minaur.

With Cilic out, few would back against Federer winning a ninth title at the All England Club, especially on this form.

And after the 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 defeat De Minaur revealed that no amount of footage of Nadal could have prepared him for the challenge of playing against the Spaniard on Centre Court. His win earned him the record of most grass-court wins with 175. "Is a great honour playing in front of these great people, great athletes, no?" said Nadal afterwards.

He fired 18 aces and 61 winners past Zverev who said he felt he had been "unplugged" in the fourth set. "I thought I did very well today", said the 36-year-old 20-time Slam victor.

Pliskova avoided the cull by beating Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 later in the afternoon.

Williams's sister Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, could not pull off a third consecutive comeback, instead joining the parade of top-10 seeds on the way out of the Grand Slam tournament.

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.

The Canadian split the first two sets with Australian qualifier Dennis Novak and was up 6-5 in the third set before darkness halted play on Friday night.

"It's my first win against a world number one", said 26-year-old Hsieh.

"It's awesome. I was 2-5 down in the final set but the crowd pushed me to fight".

Halep was left to rue her lost opportunities.

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"I am just happy to be in the fourth round again".

'It was a positive match against a player who is young with a lot of energy out there, ' Nadal said.

He dominated the third set and although 21st seed Edmund was competitive again in the fourth, Djokovic broke at 4-4 and then clinically held serve for victory - applying the seal on an impressive display with an ace down the middle.

But the Serb managed to refocus after a lengthy complaint to umpire Jake Garner.

The top seed said: "I can never practise it because how do you?"

"It was an important point".

'I haven't played him on the grass. "It didn't make sense".

Djokovic next plays Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.

The eight-time champion will face French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

The former US Open victor, who made the semi-finals in 2013, next faces unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

Other early winners on Saturday included Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck who followed her upset of defending champion Garbine Muguruza by beating Anett Kontaveit, the 28th seeded Estonian, 6-2, 6-3.

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