Wimbledon wrap: Rafa continues dominant form
RAFAEL Nadal has cruised into the last 16 at Wimbledon with a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Russian Karen Khachanov.
The Spanish fourth seed, chasing his third Wimbledon title, was dominant from the start, making only four unforced in the first set.
"I think for a while, I played fantastic. The first set-and-a-half I think was a great, great level. I am very happy with the way I played," Nadal said.
Khachanov, the 30th seed, admitted afterwards: "At the beginning he started really fast. He was destroying me."
British defending champion Andy Murray survived a scare to overcome Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5.
Murray saved five set points in the fourth set to eventually take the match.
He faces unseeded Francemen Benoit Paire for a place in the quarter-finals, while Nadal will face Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.
Sam Querrey, the 24th seed, was potentially just one game from victory over 12-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when play was suspended with the score at 6-2 3-6 7-6 (5) 1-6 6-5 because of darkness.
The winner will face Kevin Anderson, who beat Belgian Ruben Bemelmans to make the fourth round.
In the women's competition, five-time champion Venus Williams, 37, defeated Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to reach the fourth round for an incredible 15th time.
There were mixed fortunes for British hopes, with Johanna Konta powering into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari of Greece, but compatriot Heather Watson was knocked out 3-6 6-1 6-4 by Belarusian former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who is making her grand slam return after becoming a mother.