Nadal sails into second week at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal continued to look rock-solid as he eased past Russian Karen Khachanov in straight sets at Wimbledon on Friday.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard won 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) after two hours and 18 minutes to set up a fourth-round clash with Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Khachanov started poorly but became more competitive as the match progressed. By the third set he was providing Nadal with a stern challenge – though the 10-time Roland Garros champion was never really in any danger.

The first set went by in a flash with Nadal breaking Khachanov's serve almost at will. The Russian got a break of his own in there was well, but he was already 4-0 down at the time, and got broken again immediately after anyway, so it was of little consequence.

Khachanov again came under huge pressure in the first game of the second set, and though he was able to save three break points, it was a similar story in his next service game, with Nadal piling on the pressure and finally taking the game on his fourth break point.

Young Khachanov was at least able to avoid any further breaks in the second set, but Nadal was never in any danger of dropping his serve, and comfortably opened up a two-set lead.

To his credit, Khachanov kept fighting, and the third set was his most competitive by far. There were no further breaks on offer for the Spaniard, and it was left to a tie-break to decide the set – and potentially – the match.

Nadal's class shone through once again, however, two mini-breaks enough to see him through to the round of 16 following yet another straight-sets win. Nadal has now won 28 consecutive sets at Grand Slams – matching his own personal record.

"I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that," Nadal admitted after the match. 

"He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets."

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