Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal cruise into round four

Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Roger Federer at Wimbledon

A review of Saturday's action in the men's singles at Wimbledon as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remained on course for a semi-final clash.

Roger Federer reached yet another landmark as he swept into the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The Swiss' straight-sets victory over Lucas Pouille was his 350th at a grand-slam event, a landmark no other player has reached or even come close to.

Federer said: "The records mean something to me, but not everything just because I am very much aware that not everybody for the last 100 years played all the slams.

"It's really only the last 20 years that that's been going on. Travelling has got easier. I'm sure that's going to keep happening from now on, most of the players will keep playing.

"For me, I'm very happy how it's going so far. I thought it was a good match with Lucas. Of course, I hope it's going to take a special performance from somebody to stop me, not just a mediocre performance."

Federer will now meet Matteo Berrettini on Monday as the tantalising prospect of a semi-final with Rafael Nadal looks increasingly likely.

Federer followed the Spaniard on to court following his demolition of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and enjoyed a similarly comfortable outing once he got through the first set.

Federer had to fend off two break points, the second at 5-5, and once he had done that there was nothing so sure as him taking Pouille's serve in the next game to steal the first set 7-5.

Things continued to go south for the Frenchman as Federer sniffed blood and surged into a 4-0 lead in the second set, eventually taking it 6-2.

Pouille regained his spirit and put up a fight in the third, fending off a match point at 6-5 to send it to a tie-break.

But the eight-time champion is ruthless in the breakers and was too good, sealing victory when his opponent sent a forehand into the net.

Nadal's navigation through a tricky first week has left him feeling confident.

The two-time champion, searching for his 19th Grand Slam title that would put him one behind Federer, was in masterful form as he destroyed Tsonga to make the second week at SW19 for the third year running.

Nadal has not won the trophy since 2010 but is looking every inch the title contender after following up his tense battle against Nick Kyrgios with an imperious 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over the Frenchman on Centre Court.

The Spaniard is generally at his most vulnerable in the first week, as he transitions from clay to grass, but there have been no such problems this year.

"It is important that after the tough draw I was able to find a way to be in the second week," he said.

"That gives me some positive feelings. Tomorrow I have one more day off to practice.

"It was not a big physical challenge today, so tomorrow is a day to keep working a little bit hard on some specific things. In general terms, it was an amazing, positive win."

After the intensity of that win over Kyrgios, Nadal will be grateful for the trouble-free nature of this triumph, which was never in doubt as soon as he took his first break to lead 3-1.

The first set was sealed with a second break, to take it 6-2 in 34 minutes.

Tsonga is fifth on the list of players with the most wins over Nadal, but he was never going to add to that, and the 33-year-old's solitary break in the second set allowed him to take it 6-3.

Nadal was in the zone and back-to-back breaks in the third made it the easiest of afternoons as he wrapped it up in one hour and 48 minutes.

Britain's Dan Evans was unable to set up a fourth-round clash with Nadal as his campaign ended with a heartbreaking five-set loss to Joao Sousa.

Evans is ranked eight places higher than his opponent and this looked to be a great chance for the British number three to reach the last 16 for the first time but he fell to a 4-6 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4 defeat after three hours and 56 minutes.

It was a contest full of tremendous shot-making, the power of the Sousa forehand against Evans' all-court talents, but the 29-year-old paid for not converting his early dominance and taking only seven of 24 break points.

Fabio Fognini apologised after saying Wimbledon should be bombed during his third-round defeat by Tennys Sandgren.

The volatile Italian appeared frustrated that his match had been scheduled on the small Court 14 and was heard saying in Italian: "Damn English. I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here."

Wimbledon was hit by a bomb during World World II that damaged the Centre Court roof.

At his post-match press conference, Fognini said: "The court was not really good. Most of the time when you're on court, you're frustrated.

"Something happened on court. If somebody feels offended, I say sorry. No problem."

Kei Nishikori brought up his 400th win on the main tour as he eased past American Steve Johnson.

The Japanese, seeded eighth, posted a 6-4 6-3 6-2 success first up on Court Three.

Sam Querrey, the 2017 semi-finalist, is back in the second week after a 7-6 (3) 7-6 (8) 6-3 victory over John Millman

Mikhail Kukushkin matched his best ever grand slam win with a four-set victory over Jan-Lennard Struff while Berrettini won the longest match of the tournament so far, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 in four hours and 19 minutes.

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