Federer, Djokovic, Kerber advance at Wimbledon

Jonathan Hernandez
July 9, 2017

"I turned the match around", she said.

Kerber, who was runner-up to Serena Williams past year, has struggled for form in recent months and lived dangerously for more than two hours on Saturday before eventually securing a fourth-round place with a 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 victory.

The world number 15 became the first Spanish woman to reach the All England Club title match in 19 years when she was beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 final.

Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki is through after a 6-3 6-4 win over Tsvetana Pironkova, and ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska saved two match points as she beat Christina McHale 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 6-3. 'It's a long time I didn't play against her.

For her part, Halep has reached at least the quarterfinal stage at eight of her past 14 Slams, including twice at Wimbledon, where she was a semifinalist in 2014 and a quarterfinalist previous year.

That next opponent is the No. 1 player in the world - even if Kerber has been struggling at the major tournaments this season after winning the Australian Open and U.S. Open a year ago.

The 32nd seed was clearly upset but had to play her singles match against Shelby Rodgers, which she lost 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-3.

Seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation made her way into the second week of a Grand Slam for the 32nd time in her career with a 6-4, 6-0 trouncing of qualifier Polona Hercog of Slovenia in 65 minutes.

She next plays 24th seed Coco Vandeweghe, considered by some as a dark horse for the title, who beat United States compatriot Alison Riske 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic's lone meeting with Mannarino came at at the All England Club past year, with the Serbian scoring a straight-sets win in the second round. He picked up his 236th win at a major.

Canadian sixth seed Raonic downed Spain's 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 7-5 to book a fouth round spot against Alexander Zverev, the German 10th seed beat Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The top seed was forced to play on Court 2 on Saturday but refused to make a fuss, despite no men's world No.1 having been seen anywhere but Centre Court or Court 1 this century.

Kerber was the first to blink in the match as Flipkens mixed up some powerful baseline hitting with a series of well-disguised drop shots to force a break in game six.

Querrey will meet South African Kevin Anderson in the fourth round. Switzerland's Bacsinszky required treatment on a thigh problem prior to the final set, and was evidently struggling as she lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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