The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Kei Nishikori equaled his best Wimbledon performance as he advanced to the fourth round by beating Nick Kyrgios 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
The 24th-seeded Nishikori of Japan won the first set in just 16 minutes, before seeing off an improved performance from his Australian opponent for the remainder of the match.
Nishikori, runner-up at the U.S. Open in 2014, has twice previously made it through to the last 16 at the All England Club. He was defeated by Milos Raonic in 2014 and retired hurt during the second set against Marin Cilic in 2016.
Nishikori and the 15th-seeded Kyrgios, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist, began their match on No. 1 Court only after 7 p.m. local time, meaning light was fading toward the end of the 1½-hour match.
Nishikori next faces 138th-ranked Ernest Gulbis, after the Latvian became the first man in six years to reach the fourth round having come through qualifying.
Gulbis came from a set down to beat fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-0. His ranking has fallen to 138th after struggling for form in the past few years, having reached No. 10 in 2014.
Kerber sweeps away Osaka
Former finalist Angelique Kerber advanced to the fourth round without facing a break point after beating 18th-seeded Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4.
Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, who was runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club in 2016, hit 23 winners and made just five unforced errors against her Japanese opponent.
As well as being one of only two former finalists — along with Williams — to make it through to the fourth round, 11th-seeded Kerber is the second highest seed remaining in the women’s draw. Seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova is the only top-10 player to have advanced to the second week.
Meanwhile, top-ranked Simona Halep has been knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round.
Halep’s exit means only one of the women’s top-10 seeds remains in the tournament — No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.
Djokovic takes issue with crowd
Novak Djokovic shrugged off a bad call by the chair umpire that cost him a break in his win over home favorite Kyle Edmund. He was less forgiving when it came to the way he was treated by the crowd at the All England Club.
“There is a certain unwritten borderline where you feel that it’s a bit too much,” Djokovic said about being booed at times by the partisan crowd on Centre Court. “I didn’t deserve to be treated the way I was treated by certain individuals.”
Neither the crowd nor a big mistake by the umpire could unglue Djokovic, though, as the three-time champion won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 for the 11th time.
He was robbed of a break at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set when the ball bounced twice before Edmund managed to return it over the net. Djokovic complained to the chair umpire but the call stood — even though TV replays also showed Edmund’s shot had actually landed wide.
Edmund ended up holding serve but Djokovic broke at his next opportunity to make sure there will be no British players in the second week of the tournament.