25
Jun
11

Nadal will face the biggest defence of his title against Del Potro in week two.

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Rafael Nadal survived some hairy moments to see off the challenge of Gilles Muller and progress into the second week of Wimbledon. The defending champion, facing the man who sent him packing from SW19 in 2005, could easily have lost the first two sets on tie-breaks as Muller went close to playing – or at least serving – him off Court One. But Nadal came through both of them, one before the rain that called time on the match on Friday evening and one on Saturday, to move into the fourth round with a 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) 6-0 victory. However, the Mallorcan will spend his day off on Sunday knowing he was in a real battle with the world number 96 from Luxembourg, and, had he not saved two set points in the first set, things may well have turned out differently. Having taken the tensest of openers on Friday night, Nadal left the court for treatment following a tumble but did not return until today as the weather intervened and forced play to be cancelled at 7pm. He showed no obvious signs of discomfort as he returned to the court, but if his body was not troubling him then Muller certainly was.

Monfils was sent crashing out of Wimbledon, beaten 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 by Poland’s Lukasz Kubot. Their match resumed on Court Three at one set all and 3-3 on Saturday after being bit by bad weather on Friday. Tomas Berdych, last year’s beaten Wimbledon finalist, cruised into the fourth round with an easy win over Alex Bogomolov Jr. The sixth seed from the Czech Republic saw off his American opponent 6-2 6-4 6-3 on Court 18. Berdych, 25, beat six-time champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the All England Club in 2010 before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. In the fourth round, he will face another American, 10th seed Mardy Fish. Fish progressed after third round opponent Robin Haase of the Netherlands retired with an injury, with the score at 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 1-1.

 

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