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Nadal steams on in Wimbledon, ousting Tsonga

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal AFP/Glyn KIRK

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal eased into the Wimbledon last 16 for the ninth time on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The third seed will be playing in his 45th fourth round tie at the Slams where he will face either Joao Sousa of Portugal or Britain's Dan Evans.

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Tsonga, 34, who made the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2011 and 2012, is now ranked at 72 in the world after undergoing knee surgery last year.

French Open champion Nadal is chasing a 19th title at the majors having recently captured a 12th Roland Garros crown.

Victory on Saturday was achieved in just 1 hour and 48 minutes and was a much less raucous affair than his bad-tempered second round duel with Nick Kyrgios.

Other scores:

Men's singles third round:

  • Sam Querrey (USA) - John Millman (AUS) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8), 6-3
  • Tennys Sandgren (USA) bat Fabio Fognini (ITA, 12th seed) 6-3, 7-6 (14/12), 6-3
  • Kei Nishikori (JPN, 8th seed) - Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Women's singles third round:

  • Ashleigh Barty (AUS, 1st seed) - Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-1, 6-1
  • Alison Riske (USA) - Belinda Bencic (SWI) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • Serena Williams (USA) - Julia Görges (GER) 6-3, 6-4
  • Carla Suárez (SP) - Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3, 6-3
  • Barbora Strýcová (CZE) - Kiki Bertens (NED, 4th seed) 7-5, 6-1
  • Elise Mertens (BEL) - Qiang Wang (CH) 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-4
  • Petra Kvitová (CZE, 6th seed) - Magda Linette (POL) 6-3, 6-2

(With AFP)

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