Highlights of Wimbledon day six

Sunday, 2018-07-08 09:19:05
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the third round match against Britain's Kyle Edmund. (Reuters)
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Highlights from day six of the Wimbledon championships on Saturday (times GMT):

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame a slow start and a partisan crowd to book a place in the second week, beating British number one Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 in just under three hours. The Serb will next face Russian Karen Khachanov for the first time for a place in the quarter-finals.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori raced past 15th seeded Australian Kei Nishikori 6-1 7-6(3) 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon last 16 for a third time in his career.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev continues to fall short at Grand Slams as the German was knocked out by world number 138 Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0 in the third round. Latvian qualifier Gulbis will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in his first Wimbledon fourth round appearance on Monday.

Former finalist Angelique Kerber struck 23 winners in a 6-2 6-4 win over Japan’s Naomi Osaka to reach the second week at Wimbledon for a third year in a row. Kerber will next meet Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who ousted 27th seed Carla Suarez Navarro earlier on Saturday.

Dominika Cibulkova, who was edged out of the seedings to accommodate new mum Serena Williams, continued her impressive progress by defeating 15th seed Elise Mertens 6-2 6-2.

World number one Simona Halep suffered a surprise exit from the tournament after she was beaten 3-6 6-4 7-5 by Taiwan’s unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei in the third round. The defeat means nine of the top 10 seeds in the women’s draw have fallen in the first week. Czech Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, is the only one left in the draw.

Second seed Rafa Nadal has booked a place in the fourth round, beating Australian teenager Alex De Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in just over two hours. The result ensures the Spaniard will retain his number one crown at the end of the tournament.

Latvia’s 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko needed just 62 minutes to put away Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko in a 6-0 6-4 victory. Making her fourth appearance at Wimbledon, Ostapenko will look to improve on her run to the quarter-finals last year.

Fifth seed Argentine Juan Martin del Potro has reached the second week of the championships without dropping a set after beating Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3.

Big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic, the 2016 finalist, has reached the fourth round after beating Austrian Dennis Novak 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 6-2. Raonic fired 28 aces and won 87 percent of points on his first serve.

Russian’s 14th seed Daria Kasatkina roared back from 4-1 down in the opening set to beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3 in the third round. The 21-year-old Kasatkina, who reached the French Open quarter-finals earlier this year, has now progressed to the second week at the All England Club for the first time in her career. She will next face Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, who followed up her surprise win over defending champion Garbine Muguruza by beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3.

Reuters