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

Wimbledon order of play star Rafael Nadal

"I had no idea what my draw was and all of a sudden I came in here the other day, it was like, So if you win, then you play this person [Serena]".

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

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.

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

However, the dominant way he played in his 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber suggested he could go further than ever before.

Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty reached the third round for the first time with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fellow former Wimbledon junior champion Eugenie Bouchard.

She is the fourth former women's champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year's victor Garbine Muguruza.

The world number 64 has had to fight back from two sets to love down in his first two matches to beat Leonardo Mayer and 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic.

Anderson had a two sets to one lead when rain interrupted his charge on Wednesday night, but came out firing on Thursday and quickly won the fourth set.

Defending champion and top seed Federer, by contrast, has made the third round without breaking sweat.

The 36-year-old Swiss extended his winning streak to 29 consecutive sets at the All England Club.

John Isner, the U.S. ninth seed, saved two match points, fired 64 aces and 88 winners to defeat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5. "But I knew if I took my chances today, I could do well".

"Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn't do anything".

The 23-year-old American threatened a remarkable comeback in the third-round contest, coming from a set and 4-0 down to force a decider.

Meanwhile in the doubles, South Africa's Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus advanced to the second round when they defeated Australia duo Lleyton Hewitt and Alex Bolt 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

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