Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Male top seeds win at Wimbledon, Cilic out

Male top seeds win at Wimbledon, Cilic out

John Isner, the USA 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.

The 11-time French Open champion is looking for his third title at the All England Club and first since 2010.

Venus Williams has become the latest former champion to be knocked out at Wimbledon.

World number 2 and defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is still the player to beat at the most prestigious tennis event, reaching the fourth round for the 16th time (16-0 in the third round matches) after a commanding 6-3 7-5 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in just an hour and 34 minutes.

Keys lost nine games on the trot from 5-2 up in the first set to 0-4 down in the second.

But the 36-year-old, who is in third round action against Kristina Mladenovic later on Thursday, is ranked as the bookmakers' favourite to lift her 24th major title.

Federer, making his 20th consecutive appearance at the grass-court Grand Slam, is yet to face a break point from his opening three matches and will now continue his campaign against 22nd-seed Adrian Mannarino.

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"Yesterday he was playing so good, hitting the ball so hard that I couldn't do anything", Pella said.

Isner faced two match points against Bemelmans at 5-4 in the fifth set but held and then broke in the next game.

"Honestly, I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves", Keys said.

The 29-year-old Russian needed treatment after securing the decisive break in the final set, but she was able to block out the pain to seal her upset. "I feel ready to compete". 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.

Barty came back from 2-5 down in the second set to see off 2014 runner-up Bouchard who came through qualifying this year.

On the men's side, Kevin Anderson defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in a tough three sets 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

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.

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