Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over Alex De Minaur of Australia Saturday.
Two-time champion Nadal began his match on Centre Court started routinely by storming to a 3-1 lead before breaking De Minaur’s serve again to take the opening set 6-1.
The second set went with serve until Nadal took De Minaur to deuce and gained the break to lead 3-2. He extended the lead to 4-2. In the seventh game, the Australian faced three break points and conceded the game.
A barrage of thunderous aces ended the Aussie’s challenge in the second set despite holding on for over one hour and five minutes, he conceded the third game 4-6 as Nadal march towards a third title and his first since 2010.
The curse of the seeds continued in the female draw as top seeded Simona Halep suffered a crushing upset in the hands of Su-Wei Hsieh from Chinese (Taipei), going down 6-3 4-6 7-5.
Halep came into the third round match as one of the two remaining among the top ten ladies, and it looked to be a straightforward victory when she broke Hsieh’s serve to take the first set.
Although she led 30-15 in the third game she dropped lost her serve in the crucial ninth game and Hsieh held her nerve, and serve to win 6-4.
After a topsy-turvy start to the third set, Su-Wei Hsieh, ranked 48 in the world, stunned the top seed by taking the decider seven games to five to move into the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time.