Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer Plays A Breath-Taking 'Drop Shot'

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

Nadal argued Bernades did not have to give him a second violation for delaying Kukushkin's serve at the start of the third set, although he stopped short of criticising his old adversary.

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remained on course for a semifinal meeting.

But third-seeded Cilic unexpectedly fell.

And the world number 82 held his nerve to convert his fourth match point and win 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

Cilic last bowed out in the second round in 2013.

"It was very tough because he played very well and his shots stay very low so it was a good test", Nadal said.

The world number 2 Federer, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, arrived having again skipped the clay season while warming up for Wimbledon with a grass court title in Stuttgart and runners-up spot in Halle.

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The big Argentine, in the same half of the draw as Nadal, was dominant throughout against the 36-year-old at his 66th consecutive grand slam tournament.

He will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur in the next round.

The Spaniard has now entered the third round at Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career, but for only the third time since he finished runner-up in 2011. She was on a roll, but happily not against me. "I am a little surprised that I won, I was a little bit lucky today". To be honest, I was chilling on the terrace, looking above my shoulder, how Stan [Wawrinka] was going on, 4-3 in the first set, so I was pretty relaxed. Happy for the victory and happy with way I played. I feel sorry for her, because she's a very nice girl and friend.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev made the third round, seeing off Taylor Fritz of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 and faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a spot in the last 16.

Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic at Wimbledon on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), beating last year's finalist 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-5 in the second round.

Mladenovic won back-to-back matches at a major tournament for the first time since previous year at Wimbledon, when she was in the midst of a career-best stretch that ultimately saw her crack the Top 10 for the first time last fall.

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