Rafael Nadal, Rafael Nadal cruise into fourth round at Wimbledon


If Sousa was going to battle his way into the match, he needed a better start in the second set.

But if anyone thought Nadal was about to be his usual humble self and toe the "politically correct" line by having a go at the Wimbledon organizers they were sorely mistaken.

While Rafa was in action, the French Open champion, Ashleigh Barty had occupied the Court Number two for her fourth-round match.

Ashleigh Barty has been unwittingly dragged into Wimbledon's sexism debate after Rafael Nadal took offence at suggestions that the women's world No. 1 had been shabbily treated by being assigned an outside court.

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For 37-year-old former first racket of the world this victory was number 350 in the tournaments of "Grand slam". Of course, [Novak] Djokovic is not on Centre Court. 'Vintage Nadal on grass, ' was how BBC commentator Boris Becker described it. 'I am in quarter-finals, I have been playing good matches, and today was another good one, ' said Nadal, who last won Wimbledon in 2010. Querrey is going to be there in front of me. "I hope to be ready for it.' At 6ft 7in, Querrey will indeed be a 'big challenge". Yet the Spaniard appears to be on a level of his own, and Sousa never stood a chance. When he had a 1-0 lead, it looked like he might find a way to stay alive in the match.

And the world No2 is looking comfortable on his least favourite surface after a 6-2 6-2 6-2 romp over Portuguese Joao Sousa on Centre Court, cheered on by compatriot Sergio Garcia.

Federer was a break up inside 10 minutes, and had the first set wrapped up within 17 in a painful opening for Berrettini.

Another stunning victor followed on Nadal's next break of serve, before he capped off an exceptional performance with an ace to hold to love.

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