Ash Barty cruises past Alison van Uytvanck in second round

A smiling rival selfie

Eight-time men's champion Roger Federer and seven-time women's champion Serena Williams moved into the third round at Wimbledon.

In the men's singles, four-time champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic hit 13 aces and 37 winners as he eased past Denis Kudla of the United States 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

"I told myself, 'You're strong, you can do it, you belong here, '" Davis said.

The 31-year-old German, who came into the tournament in form having reached the final at Eastbourne, made her earliest exit since losing in the same round in 2013.

Johnson's best Grand Slam showing was a fourth-round run at the All England Club in 2016, which ended with a loss to Federer.

So, what is in him that gets the better of all the top players?

In a gripping encounter that exceeded all the hype, Nadal avenged his stunning defeat to Kyrgios on the sport's most hallowed court five years ago with a pulsating four-set triumph.

"Last year I had really good confidence, but I think I need more, so I build my confidence for the second half of this year". Mladenovic served for that set at 5-4 and held three set points but failed to convert, double-faulting away her initial chance to close it out. Just depends. I'm a great tennis player, but I don't do the other stuff. "I was just next to him so I don't want to comment on this", he said. "We try things, and that helps us to improve our game", she said.

The top-ranked Australian came into the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after winning the French Open and a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham.

The victor of her past 18 sets stretching back to the French Open semi-finals, Barty has earned herself a massive opportunity to embark on another deep grand slam run.

She is the 15th seed at Wimbledon and beat Slovakia's Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2 in 54 minutes on Court 17 on Thursday to cruise through to the third round.

Barty, who if she achieves the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double will be only the eighth woman to do so, said she would not be watching the blockbuster men's singles match between Rafael Nadal and her compatriot Nick Kyrgios later on Thursday. Sugita broke Nadal in the opening game of the match, but the Spaniard was able to break right back and there was no looking back for him thereafter, with a 6-3,6-1,6-3 straight set victory.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal is seeking his third Wimbledon title but first since 2010.

"I wouldn't be playing a British crowd; I'm playing against Harriet", said Barty. Stephens beat Wang Yafan 6-0, 6-2, and Wang ousted Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2.

The antics were entertaining, but not enough to eliminate the two-time champion from Spain, who won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) on Centre Court to reach the third round.



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