Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic March Into Third Round


"It's going pretty well", she said courtside in staggering understatement after beating the accomplished French player Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2) in front of a Centre Court audience who had come to soak up the sun and the American's glowing brilliance on Friday afternoon.

"She played really well".

Heather Watson and her partner Tatjana Maria also ensured they had a place in the third round of the women's doubles with a routine 6-3 6-1 win over Raquel Atawo and Anna-Lena Gronefeld.

The match on Monday will also be a tussle between two of the tour's mothers.

Venus Williams became the latest former champion to be knocked out at Wimbledon. She sat out Wimbledon a year ago while pregnant.

'No, you have to help mama with her hair, ' Williams says as she gently takes the comb from her daughter.

Her exit, coupled with the loss earlier Friday by No. 10 Madison Keys, means eight of the top 10 seeded women are gone before the fourth round at the All England Club - a first in the Open Era.

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The American 25th seed moved into the second week without dropping a set and will next face Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina. "I think I played much better today", Nadal said.

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

With errors flying off her racket the 23-year-old seemed down and out when she trailed 0-4 in the second set.

Keys began play on Court 3 with goal and raced into a 5-2 lead in the opening set. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.

The defending champion made light work of his first two opponents in SW19 and it was a familiar story today as he clinched a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win.

The top seed, who is yet to drop a set at this year's championships, did not relinquish a single break point during the 97-minute domination.

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. I always expect to come out and do the best I can do and that's all I can hope for'.