Wimbledon 2018 Friday results: Serena Williams advances; Venus Williams, Madison Keys eliminated

Jul 06, 2018, 22:26
Wimbledon 2018 Friday results: Serena Williams advances; Venus Williams, Madison Keys eliminated

Ninth seed John Isner saved two match points and served 64 aces to overcome Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-1 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 in three hours 46 minutes to reach the third round.

Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor came through to win 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-2 in five sets against Fernando Gonzalez and Marcelo Demoliner.

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"I think I can be very happy today", said Federer, who will next face France's Adrian Mannarino.

Number three seed Marin Cilic suffered the shock of the day, slipping to a five-set defeat to world number 82 Guido Pella.

The Croatian, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, was cantering to victory on Wednesday evening, before rain stopped play, taking the first two sets 6-3 6-1 on Court 1.

Fritz was leading 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0).

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Asked if nerves got the better of him, last year's beaten finalist Cilic said: "I was still focusing on my game; it was nothing in my mind that I have to go far or that I'm obliged to do that".

World No. 1 Nadal defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and will next face Australian teenager Alex de Minaur.

If anyone doubted Serena Williams was worth consideration as a victor of this tournament for an eighth time - let alone the 25th seeding that has caused a minor stir in the locker room - she provided the most emphatic statement of intent with her third straight-sets win of the week to reach the fourth round on a wave of growing self-belief. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.

Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches.

They will resume with the start of the fourth set on Friday.

The big-serving American's ace tally was the third-most at Wimbledon, as he extended his winning streak against qualifiers at grand slams to 10 matches.