Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over Karen Khachanov of Russia.
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over Karen Khachanov of Russia. GERRY PENNY

Wimbledon wrap: Rafa continues dominant form

RAFAEL Nadal has cruised into the last 16 at Wimbledon with a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Russian Karen Khachanov.

The Spanish fourth seed, chasing his third Wimbledon title, was dominant from the start, making only four unforced in the first set.

"I think for a while, I played fantastic. The first set-and-a-half I think was a great, great level. I am very happy with the way I played," Nadal said.

Khachanov, the 30th seed, admitted afterwards: "At the beginning he started really fast. He was destroying me."

British defending champion Andy Murray survived a scare to overcome Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5.

Murray saved five set points in the fourth set to eventually take the match.

He faces unseeded Francemen Benoit Paire for a place in the quarter-finals, while Nadal will face Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

 

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns to Britain's Heather Watson during their women's singles match on day five at Wimbledon.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns to Britain's Heather Watson during their women's singles match on day five at Wimbledon. Alastair Grant

Sam Querrey, the 24th seed, was potentially just one game from victory over 12-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when play was suspended with the score at 6-2 3-6 7-6 (5) 1-6 6-5 because of darkness.

The winner will face Kevin Anderson, who beat Belgian Ruben Bemelmans to make the fourth round.

In the women's competition, five-time champion Venus Williams, 37, defeated Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to reach the fourth round for an incredible 15th time.

There were mixed fortunes for British hopes, with Johanna Konta powering into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari of Greece, but compatriot Heather Watson was knocked out 3-6 6-1 6-4 by Belarusian former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who is making her grand slam return after becoming a mother.

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