Nadal gets through to 4th round at Wimbledon; Murray, too

July 08, 2017
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning a point against Italy's Fabio Fognini during their Men's Singles Match on day five at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo)

 

LONDON (AP):

Rafael Nadal is on his way to the fourth round at Wimbledon, and he's three matches away from taking over as the number one player in the world.

Nadal beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Centre Court. If he reaches the final at the All England Club, the two-time Wimbledon champion will take over from Andy Murray as the top-ranked player in the world.

"First set and a half, I think, was very, very well. Very happy (with) the way that I played," Nadal said in a television interview after walking off court. "Then it was a little bit tougher. I think I stopped a little bit with the legs and he started to hit stronger, but he's still a tough opponent and it's impossible to win easy."

Defending champion Andy Murray also had a tough opponent, but he came through a difficult fourth set to beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Fognini led 5-2 in the fourth set and had five set points, but Murray won the final five games to reach the fourth round.

"When you're playing a guy who has all the shots like him, it's difficult," Murray said. "He generates power with very short swings. It's difficult to see when he's going to hit the ball big and he was taking me out of my rhythm."

Earlier, Victoria Azarenka extended her Grand Slam comeback into the second week.

The former number one from Belarus, who gave birth to her first child in December, advanced to the fourth round by beating Heather Watson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court.

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