The Latest: 2016 runner-up Raonic’s Wimbledon match halted
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
The third-round match between 13th-seeded Milos Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, and 171st-ranked qualifier Dennis Novak has been suspended because of fading light.
Play was halted with Raonic ahead 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-5. Novak will be serving when they resume Saturday.
It is the only singles match scheduled for Friday that did not finish.
Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. has become the first man to reach the fourth round on his Wimbledon debut since Nick Kyrgios in 2014.
The 103rd-ranked McDonald, 23, defeated Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Friday as the Argentine player featured for a third consecutive day.
Pella delivered the biggest upset so far in the men’s draw when he eliminated third-seeded Marin Cilic in a match that was carried over to Thursday.
He was unable to repeat that performance against McDonald, who is playing in his third Grand Slam. The American next faces 13th-seeded Milos Raonic or unseeded Austrian Dennis Novak, who is also making his Wimbledon debut.
McDonald won the 2016 NCAA singles and doubles titles for UCLA.
Karolina Pliskova came back from the brink of defeat to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Having been a set and a break down, the seventh-seeded Czech lifted her game and took advantage of a spate of errors from her 29th-seeded opponent to turn the match around.
Pliskova is one of only two top-10 players left in the women’s draw, with top-seeded Simona Halep in third round action on Saturday.
On her seventh appearance at the All England Club, 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova was playing in the third round for the first time and in her fourth-round debut will face 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Roger Federer won 37 of 40 first-serve points and stretched his Wimbledon winning streak to 29 sets in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 third-round victory over 64th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title without dropping a set.
Federer’s best run at the All England Club is 35 consecutive sets, from 2005 to 2006.
The eight-time champion and No. 1 seed next faces 22nd-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3.
Ninth-seeded John Isner of the U.S. reached Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time, beating 98th-ranked Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Isner hit 21 aces and never faced a break point.
This is his 10th appearance at the All England Club; he had reached the third round three other times and lost at that stage.
Isner will face No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas for a quarterfinal berth.
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.
The 19-year-old Tsitsipas beat Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon in 91 minutes.
The 31st-seeded Tsitsipas reached his first ATP tour final this year in Barcelona, where he lost to top-ranked Rafael Nadal on clay.
The last man from Greece to get to Wimbledon’s round of 16 was Nicky Kalogeropoulos in 1964. Professionals began competing at Grand Slam tournaments four years later.
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Marcelo Arevalo defeated British duo Jay Clarke and Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7 (5), 5-7, 6-4, 22-20 in a match that tied for the fifth-most games in men’s doubles at Wimbledon.
Clarke and Norrie saved eight match points during a fifth set that lasted 2 hours, 24 minutes, but their resistance was finally ended in the 87th game of the first-round tussle.
The most games in a Wimbledon men’s doubles match is 102, when Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa defeated Kevin Ullyett and Paul Hanley 28-26 in the fifth set of their second-round encounter in 2007.
Chilean player Podlipnik-Castillo and his Argentine partner Arevalo will face 13th-seeded Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the second round.
Serena Williams ran her Wimbledon winning streak to 17 matches and moved into the fourth round with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over 62nd-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France, thanks in part to 13 aces.
Seven of Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the All England Club, including the last two times she played in the grass-court tournament, in 2015 and 2016. She sat out Wimbledon last year while pregnant.
The 36-year-old American will face another mother in the fourth round Monday: 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who upset No. 10 seed Madison Keys of the U.S.
Williams is the only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the field. Her sister, five-time champion Venus, lost Friday, while Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza were eliminated earlier.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams could not pull off a third consecutive comeback, instead joining the parade of top-10 seeds on the way out of the Grand Slam tournament.
No. 9 seed Williams lost to No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round.
In each of her first two matches this week, Williams dropped the opening set before eventually winning in three. She couldn’t quite do the same this time.
Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women are gone before the end of Week 1 at the All England Club.
The 38-year-old American, who was last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon, was the oldest entrant in the women’s singles field.
Gael Monfils advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time after knocking out last year’s semifinalist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Having reached the third round at the All England Club for the seventh time, Monfils finally went a step further to complete a full set of last 16 Grand Slam appearances.
The Frenchman reached the semifinals at the 2008 French Open and the 2016 U.S. Open. He also made it to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2016.
Having made 13 unforced errors as he lost the opening set, the 44th-ranked Monfils made just eight more and didn’t face a break point for the rest of the match.
Monfils will next face eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson.
Camila Giorgi of Italy advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon after saving a match point while beating Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (6) 6-2.
The 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced a backhand winner at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set, then won a tiebreaker to force a deciding set.
Having made 18 unforced errors in each of the first two sets, Giorgi tightened up her game to make just eight in the third and advance to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012.
She will next face 35th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova, who overcame another Czech, Lucie Safarova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
Zverev beat American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.
Zverev also erased a 2-1 deficit three times to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open, his best result at a Grand Slam.
No. 8 Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.
Madison Keys has become the latest top-10 seeded woman to lose at Wimbledon after her comeback fell short.
The American fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end as she lost to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in the third round.
In a match full of big swings, the 10th-seeded Keys led 5-2 in the first set before the 120th-ranked Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second. But Keys won the next five games and broke again to level the set score. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.
Six of the women’s top 10 seeds, including defending champion Garbine Muguruza, lost in the first two rounds.
Rodina made the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She was 0-15 in her career against top-20 ranked opponents before Friday’s win.
The Russian is one of two mothers left in the tournament and will now face the other — Serena Williams — if the American can get past Kristina Mladenovic later on Centre Court.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia has become the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Makarova followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating former semifinalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the round of 16 for the third time.
The third round is underway at Wimbledon.
Eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa was among the early starters on Day 5 as he faced No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on No. 2 Court looking to advance to the second week of the Grand Slam tournament for the fourth time.
In the women’s draw, No. 10 Madison Keys of the United States was playing Evgeniya Rodina of Russia. The winner could face Serena Williams in the fourth round, if the seven-time champion gets past Kristina Mladenovic later Friday.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will try to avoid further upsets at Wimbledon as the third round begins on Friday.
Federer was set to play Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany and Williams faced Kristina Mladenovic of France as they continue their quests for a ninth and eighth Wimbledon title, respectively.
Williams finds herself the favorite again after defending champion Garbine Muguruza lost on Thursday, meaning only two of the top-eight seeded women are still in the field.
No. 3 Marin Cilic also lost on Thursday, becoming the third of the men’s top-10 seeds to go out.
Five-time champion Venus Williams was also in action, facing Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
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