PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov in 3rd round of 2017 Wimbledon

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours and 14 minutes on Centre Court.

Rafa now won 28 consecutive completed sets in Grand Slam play, having won the title in Paris without dropping a set for the third time in his career and won all three of his matches in London in straight sets.

He has matched his own personal record of 28 – a run that stretched from the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon through to the final at the 2010 US Open.

After the match, Rafa said:

I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets.

I think I played some good shots from the forehand and backhand. I’m happy about almost everything.

Rafa fired 7 aces to Karen’s 13.  He hit 41 winners compared to Karen’s 33, and made 19 unforced errors to his opponent’s 35. Our champ won a total of 112 points to the Russian’s 85.

Rafa capitalised on 4 of his 15 chances for break, while Karen converted 1 of his 5 break points.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion will next face Gilles Muller on Monday in the fourth round.


PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Donald Young to reach Wimbledon third round

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal had little trouble advancing to the third round, defeating American Donald Young in straight sets on Center Court. He won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours, 11 minutes.

Our champ broke in the opening game of the first and second set as Donald struggled with Rafa’s net play. Donald battled fiercely in the third, and earned his first break of serve for 5-5, but Rafa broke back instantly and then served out the match at the second attempt.

Rafa served only four aces, but he had 38 winners and 16 unforced errors. Donald had 31 winners and 22 unforced errors.

After the match, Rafa said:

I’m happy now, it’s great to be back in the third round without losing a set. I take it easy now, just trying to enjoy every moment. I’m having a great season.

Rafa will play Russian Karen Khachanov, ranked 34, in the third round. The 21-year-old Muscovite beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in four sets.

PHOTOS: Roger Federer watching Rafael Nadal practice

Photos from Rafael Nadal’s practice session on Wednesday. Roger Federer was at Aorangi Park too and he got another chance to see how hard Rafa works during the practice.

Wimbledon 2017: Tuesday practice photos and video

Rafael Nadal practises at Aorangi Park ahead of his second-round Wimbledon clash with Donald Young on Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins first round Wimbledon opener in straight sets

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal  breezed into the second round on Monday with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman. Our champ become the seventh player to reach 850 match wins – after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi.

It was a good opportunity for our champ to find some rhythm on grass having played only two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club.

Rafa hit 33 winners to Millman’s 11 and made 18 unforced errors to the 17 that came from the 28-year-old.

After the match, Rafa said:

I don’t know how well I played, but the important thing is I’m through. I had a positive feeling and I’m happy how I was hitting my forehand.

For all the players it so special playing here and after the history I have here, I was so happy to be back.

I am happy the way I have started the season and now here I have the opportunity to compete well on the grass.

Our champ will play Donald Young in the second round. The American has beaten Denis Istomin 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-2 (ret).

Wimbledon 2017: Sunday practice photos + video

A few photos from Rafa’s Sunday practice.

His hitting partner was Christian Garin.

Wimbledon 2017: July 1st practice photos + video

Here’s a few photos from Rafa’s practice today.

Rafa prepares for his assault on The Championships at Wimbledon in a practice session with Grigor Dimitrov.