Wimbledon 2018 Friday results: Serena Williams advances; Venus Williams, Madison Keys eliminated

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World number 2 and defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is still the player to beat at the most prestigious tennis event, reaching the fourth round for the 16th time (16-0 in the third round matches) after a commanding 6-3 7-5 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in just an hour and 34 minutes.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams could not pull off a third consecutive comeback, instead joining the parade of top-10 seeds on the way out of the Grand Slam tournament.

Rodina won nine games in a row to move a set and two breaks ahead before Keys recovered from 4-0 down in the second set to set up a decider.

Serena Williams's chances of winning an eighth Wimbledon and 24th Grand Slam title were boosted Friday when Madison Keys became the seventh top 10 seed to be eliminated.

Serena will play world number 120 Rodina if she advances to the fourth round.

Later Thursday, fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who made the semi-finals in 2013, tackles 36-year-old Feliciano Lopez, a three-time quarter-finalist, who is playing in a record 66th consecutive major.

Her sister Serena Williams is still going strong, though, after overcoming her toughest test so far this week.

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Monfils is another fourth round debutant after he knocked out last year's semi-finalist Sam Querrey 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2.

Keys lost in three sets behind a faltering serve, and gave up seven break points to Rodina. After the double fault in the first set, Mladenovic appeared to lose her confidence.

"Honestly, I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves", Keys said.

Unseeded American Taylor Fritz also unexpectedly took a 2-1 lead over world No. 4 and tournament fourth seed Alexander Zverev before their second round match suspended by darkness.

Nick Kyrgios, the 15th seed, also advanced in straight sets, beating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 7-5 to book a date with Kei Nishikori, who ousted Kyrgios's fellow Australian Bernard Tomic 2-6 6-3 7-6 (9-7) 7-5.

The 29-year-old Russian needed treatment after securing the decisive break in the final set, but she was able to block out the pain to seal her upset.

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