Superb Roger Federer underlines Wimbledon favouritism with third-round win

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

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

The big Argentine, in the same half of the draw as Nadal, was dominant throughout against the 36-year-old at his 66th consecutive grand slam tournament.

"Of course, I am surprised a little bit", Rodina said afterward, "because I won".

Federer is having no such problems and eased past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 7-5 6-2.

Isner will face world No.31 Stefanos Tsitsipas, the first Greek man to first Greek man to reach the fourth round of a grand slam in the 50-year professional era, for a quarterfinal berth.

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

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev reached the third round in the men's event by beating Taylor Fritz of the USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended a day earlier after the third set.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Friday.

Zverev had trailed two sets to one when his tie with Fritz was halted due to darkness on Thursday.

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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.

But the 21-year-old raced away with the last two sets in Friday's bright sunshine. I played well today.

Ekaterina Makarova came out on top of Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; while Camila Girogi survived Katerina Siniakova to advance to the Round of 16.

This is Williams' fourth tournament since giving birth last September to Alexis, her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian.

They traded breaks mid-set and Mladenovic did well to hold from 15-40 in the 10th game - just seven points from going out of the tournament.

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The Croat was stunned 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 by Argentina's world No.82 Guido Pella in three hours 12 minutes.

Anderson has reached the last 16 for the fourth time and goes on to face either Sam Querrey of the United States or France's Gael Monfils.

"It was very tough because he played very well", said 11-time French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing an 18th major.

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