Wimbledon 2017: Roberto Bautista Agut upsets Kei Nishikori, Gilles Muller downs Aljaz Bedene
Roberto Bautista Agut beat Kei Nishikori 6-4 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 to progress to round four at Wimbledon.
The Japanese No 9 seed was made pay for an error-strewn showing that saw him plunder 48 unforced errors.
An out-of-sorts Nishikori dug deep to fightback from two sets down to take the third and was a break up in the fourth.
However, Bautista Agut rallied to reach the fourth round and equal his best run at The Championships in 2015.
Gilles Muller beat Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6(4) 7-5 6-4 to progress to the fourth-round stage of Wimbledon.
Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene in action during his third round match against Luxembourg’s Gilles MullerReuters
The win means that Muller, 34, has reached the last 16 of Wimbledon at the 10th time of asking.
The 16th seed had too much shot variation for the 27-year-old as he hit 48 winners on his way to the win in just shy of two-and-a-half-hours.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic swept into the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 win over American Steve Johnson on Friday to end an imperious opening week with a third consecutive straight sets victory.
The big-serving Croat took his aces tally to 63 for the tournament as he ended Johnson's Wimbledon run and underlined his own status as one of the main challengers to the established favourites.
Rafa Nadal continued his rampage, beating Russian Karen Khachanov 6-1 6-4 7-6(3).
The first two sets were a walk in the park for the 10-times French Open champion, but Khachanov fought hard in the third set to force a tie-break and give him a chance to stay on in the tournament. However, it wasn't to be,
Nadal will play Muller in the fourth round.
Top seed Andy Murray won five games in a row to seal a 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5 win over Italian Fabio Fognini after two hours and 39 minutes of play on Centre Court.
The Scot is into the last 16 of the championships for the 10th year in a row and will meet with Benoit Paire next, after he saw off competition from Jerzy Janowicz.
Play was suspended for the day during the third round match between Jo-WIlfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey with the American leading 6-5 and on serve in the deciding set.
WIMBLEDON MEN'S SINGLES ROUND 3 RESULTS
1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 28-Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Ruben Bemelmans (Belgium) 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(3)
4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 30-Karen Khachanov (Russia) 6-1 6-4 7-6(3)
Benoit Paire (France) beat Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3
7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat 26-Steve Johnson (U.S.) 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4
18-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat 9-Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6-4 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3
16-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Aljaz Bedene (Britain) 7-6(4) 7-5 6-4