Murray, Nadal reach third round at Wimbledon

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-06 07:22:53|Editor: Zhou Xin
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LONDON, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Andy Murray and 10-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal both moved to the third at Wimbledon with a straight-sets wins here on Wednesday.

World No. 1 Murray took only one hour and 36 minutes to beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal, who from 2012 to 2015 was defeated by players ranked respectively by No. 100, No. 135, No. 144 and No. 102, beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last 32 for merely the second time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic here in 2011.

"Until right at the end of the match, the last three games when I didn' t serve particularly well, the rest of the match I served well," Murray said. "I was getting a lot of free points there. I served a lot bigger than I did in the first round which was good, he wasn't able to attack my second serve like he tries to do. So that was positive.

"I moved pretty well, too. Against guys that play a lot of drop shots and come forward, you need to move well and I did that."

Nadal will next play the No. 30 seed Karen Khachanov in the third round while Murray takes on Fabio Fognini of Italy.

"I think I'm doing the right things, but I don't know how deep I can go in the draw," said Nadal, who will once again become world No. 1 if he reaches the final here.

Seventh seed Marin Cilic beat German Florian Mayer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 7-5; Japan's ninth seed Kei Nishikori fought off hard challenges to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (6).

In the women's competitions, China's Peng Shuai, who has slipped to world No. 37, became the only Chinese player to reach the third round with a victory over 25th seed Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-2.

Victoria Azarenka, the 2013 finalist, beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3. British sixth seed Johanna Konta beat Croatian Donna Vekic, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8.

Five-time champion Venus Williams fought back from one set down to beat Wang Qiang of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, while little known American Madison Brengle shocked two-time champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

The 11th-seeded Kvitova, recovering from hand injuries following a home intrusion six months ago, was apparently not in good form, seen by the doctor on court in the closing stages before taking the loss in hot London conditions.

Second seed Simona Halep beat Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-4, 6-3 while fourth seed Elina Svitolina dismissed Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0.