Wimbledon: Rafa locks top ranking; Del Potro, Raonic cruise

Jul 08, 2018, 09:51 IST | Agencies

Meanwhile, Roger Federer is disappointed he will not get a Wimbledon semi-final match-up with Marin Cilic

Wimbledon: Rafa locks top ranking; Del Potro, Raonic cruise
Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Australia's Alex De Minaur

Rafael Nadal ensured he will keep the World No. 1 ranking whatever happens during the second week of Wimbledon by easing past Alex De Minaur and into the fourth round on Saturday. The Spaniard's 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory means Roger Federer cannot catch him even if the Swiss goes on to win a ninth title at the All England Club. Neither of the top two has lost a set heading into the last 16, and that did not look like changing on Centre Court as Nadal bullied Australian De Minaur.

Juan Martin del Potro made the last 16 for the first time in five years when the Argentine fifth seed defeated France's Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. Former runner-up Milos Raonic made short work of finishing off his clash with Dennis Novak. The Canadian and his Austrian opponent were forced off by darkness in the third set on Friday night but Raonic secured a quick break to take the third set before dominating the fourth to win 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer is disappointed he will not get a Wimbledon semi-final match-up with Marin Cilic. Third seed Cilic could have met Federer in the Last 4 but crashed out in the second round to Guido Pella, in one of the biggest shocks of the tournament. Federer is having no such problems and eased past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 on Friday. "I'm disappointed for him because he's a good guy," Federer said of Cilic's exit. "I really also expected him to go deep," he added.

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