Nadal ad­vances to fourth round at Wim­ble­don

De­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray also ad­vances

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY CHRIS LEHOURITES 5)& "440$*"5&% 13&44

Rafael Nadal is on his way to the fourth round at Wim­ble­don, and he’s three matches away from tak­ing over as the No. 1 player in the world.

Nadal beat Karen Khachanov of Rus­sia 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) Fri­day on Cen­tre Court. If he reaches the fi­nal at the All Eng­land Club, the two- time Wim­ble­don cham­pion will take over from Andy Mur­ray as the top-ranked player in the world.

“First set and a half, I think, was very, very well. Very happy (with) the way that I played,” Nadal said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view af­ter walk­ing off court. “Then it was a lit­tle bit tougher. I think I stopped a lit­tle bit with the legs and he started to hit stronger, but he’s still a tough op­po­nent and it’s im­pos­si­ble to win easy.”

De­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray also had a tough op­po­nent, but he came through a dif­fi­cult fourth set to beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Fognini led 5-2 in the fourth set and had five set points, but Mur­ray won the fi­nal five games to reach the fourth round.

“When you’re play­ing a guy who has all the shots like him, it’s dif­fi­cult,” Mur­ray said. “He gen­er­ates power with very short swings. It’s dif­fi­cult to see when he’s go­ing to hit the ball big and he was tak­ing me out of my rhythm.”


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