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Prefer to be No. 1 than No. 2: Nadal

11 July 2018, 10:22 | Anna Jefferson

Opening up Rafael Nadal plays first match on Centre Court More

Opening up Rafael Nadal plays first match on Centre Court

Hsieh will play the 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on July 9 at 6.30 p.m. Taipei time, with the victor moving through to the quarter finals.

Hsieh's 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Halep is her first over a No. 1 seed, but it isn't her first takedown of a top-10 favorite.

Over on Court One, fourth seed Alexander Zverev made another shocking exit as Latvian Ernests Gulbis conquered the German world No. 3 in five sets 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

It is the first time Hsieh, 32, has reached the last 16 of the singles. "This is the first time I have beaten the World No. 1, it is wonderful", she said.

After three lengthy multi-deuce games to begin the final set, all breaks, the World No.1 appeared to assert her authority with a pair of statement holds that moved her ahead, 5-2.

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Sasnovich will next meet No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko who stopped the Sharapova-killer Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4.

Van Uytvanck's reward is a date with No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, who stopped No. 17 Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-3.

Djokovic was robbed of a break at 3-3 in the fourth set when the ball bounced twice before Edmund managed to return it over the net at 15-40. "I was pretty nervous at the beginning especially playing the first match of the day". "I think because I was exhausted, because I'm exhausted, I couldn't stay focused for every ball", Halep said. It's really tough to stay low, to play every ball, to expect nothing because you never know where the ball is bouncing and where it is coming.

Nadal has not been beyond the last 16 since reaching the final for the fifth time in 2011.

Ostapenko eventually ran out a comfortable 6-0 6-4 victor.

Karolina Pliskova [No.7] is the only top 10 seed left at SW19 with Serena Williams also still in the running.

And in her third round match against World No 1 Simona Halep at Wimbledon - a tournament that values tradition more than anything else - she was willing to break that service rhythm rule too, at match point no less.

Reflecting on his third round victory against Minaur, Nadal said he is happy with the way he has played so far in the tournament.

"For me, I just try to enjoy the tennis, enjoy the city, enjoy the food".

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. "I will not find the excuses about this match, she (Hsieh) deserved to win, but still I'm sad about myself today".

She will next face Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, who followed up her surprise win over defending champion Garbine Muguruza by beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3.

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