ATP Wimbledon: Roger Federer follows Rafael Nadal to book last 16 spot

ATP Wimbledon: Roger Federer follows Rafael Nadal to book last 16 spot

"I tried to do as best as I could to get a quick start and then keep the ball rolling from there".

Eight-time champion Roger Federer and world number two Rafael Nadal continue their Wimbledon campaigns on Centre Court later on Saturday.

This was a repeat of last year's semi-final, when Williams also won in straight sets, and sets up a fourth-round match for the American against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday.

Still only 23, Barty is No1, and was now on a 14-match winning streak through Paris, Birmingham and into the third round here-dropping only one set in that stretch. Pouille reached just one tour-level quarter-final since advancing to the last four in Melbourne this January.

"Each match for me really counts".

"Really, I just need to go about it, be really simple, make up my mind, pick my spot, hit it, and try and bring a very simple mindset and have this real clarity around how I want to play, but also knowing I have the ability to adapt and play a different shot if I need to".

They exchanged breaks again before Haddad Maia went on to level the match. Couldn't be on a court for longer than an hour and a half.

Come the business end, Konta began to find more pace and penetration from the baseline and worked her first break points.

Runner-up previous year to Angelique Kerber, Williams beat Barty's part-time doubles partner Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 and will play Spanish veteran Carla Suarez Navarro in her 16th appearance in the fourth round. I know since coming back from that awful thing that happened with her, she's playing unbelievable tennis.

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova reached the last 16 for the first time in five years - the last time she did in 2014 she won her second title. It surely was lifting his confidence, too, to be practising with Roger Federer not just by invitation during the off season but a couple of times this week on this revered grass.

It will be Federer's 17th appearance in the fourth round at Wimbledon, taking him ahead of Jimmy Connors on the all-time list. Serena Williams, on the other hand, powered to a 6-3 6-4 victory over Germany's Julia Goerges on No. 1 Court, in what was a repeat of last year's semi-final.

Pouille struck back with a break of his own, but the 27th seed's serve gave way for the third time in the set when he could not handle a forehand from his opponent at the net.

The 20-year-old Briton earned the right to share Court One with the Swiss, a player whom Clarke admitted he grew up trying to copy, after beating American qualifier Noah Rubin in the first round.

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