Serena Williams did not rule out the possibility of teaming up with Andy Murray again in the future after saying she was not ready for their dream doubles pairing to be over.

The superstar tandem – dubbed "MurRena" by Williams – were knocked out of the Wimbledon mixed doubles 6-3 4-6 6-2 by Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar on Wednesday.

Murray and Williams coasted through the opening two rounds, but the top seeds were too strong on this occasion.

Asked if the two may link up again in the future, Williams said: "We had so much fun. We aren't ready for it to be over.

"I just love Andy's spirit. It's so fun to play with him. He's so calm and chilled. And I loved having the support. It was amazing. Hopefully I can still have it.

"To play on this stage with Andy, who has done so well here for so many years, is literally just a lifetime experience. I'm so happy that I got to experience it."

Murray has now played in 10 doubles matches since returning to court after hip resurfacing surgery, which he feared might bring an end to his career.

The three-time grand slam winner will continue to build his fitness to work towards a singles return, and Murray says he feels in good shape.

"I think I achieved a lot. I got on the court and I think, considering the lack of matches, I did OK," he said.

"The most positive thing is that my body felt good. My hip anyway was feeling good, so that was positive.

"It's a lot of physical work now trying to get stronger, really, get a good balance with all the muscles around my hip. I'm doing some physical testing next week.

"I did some pre-Queen's. It will be interesting to see what's happened these last four weeks where I've been obviously playing tennis but doing not much training, to see how things have progressed or not.

"Then I'll do four to six weeks of training, then I'll have some testing done after that again. Hopefully I will have progressed again. But I've still got quite a long way to go."

Novak Djokovic believes he is peaking at the right time at Wimbledon after he was able to "dismantle" David Goffin to reach the semi-finals.

The defending champion was a break down in the first set but stormed back to win 6-4 6-0 6-2 on Centre Court.

Djokovic will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four as he bids to claim a 16th grand slam title.

The top seed is full of confidence after storming past Goffin following a testing first set on Wednesday.

"I've been playing best tennis in this tournament in the last two rounds, fourth round and today." the Serbian said following his 70th singles win at SW19.

"Especially second set and third set against Goffin, who was in form, I felt like I managed to dismantle his game and find always the right shots.

"Very pleased with the performance. This match could have gone a different way. I was a break down. He was the better player for most of the first set. But I managed to turn things around.

"I feel very good on the court, confident, going for the shots, trying to come to the net, as well, be more aggressive, use the short balls.

"Hopefully the serve can be consistent because I'm going to need that. Especially on grass, you're going to need a lot of free points on the first serves. That's obviously a big advantage coming into last four."

Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in a dream Wimbledon semi-final after safely negotiating his way past Sam Querrey in the last eight on Wednesday.

The Spaniard has fought through a tough draw, with Nadal not exactly keeping his counsel over his grievances, and this tie was certainly no walkover given seasoned campaigner Querrey has previous at Wimbledon.

Big-serving Querrey holds wins over Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at SW19 and Nadal had plenty of food for thought during an exhilarating opening set on No. 1 Court.

From there, though, it was largely plain sailing as Nadal celebrated a 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph to book a showdown with old foe Federer, who earned a 100th Wimbledon match win by beating Kei Nishikori.

It will mark the first encounter between the pair at Wimbledon since their stunning 2008 final, which Nadal - who has now qualified for November's ATP Finals - won in five breathless sets. That was a third straight title match at the tournament between two of tennis' modern greats.

A simple pass in game three on Wednesday gave Nadal the early break, but Querrey – playing a third Wimbledon quarter-final – did not wilt.

The 31-year-old saw a couple of break points go begging and had to save a couple of set points in game eight before levelling when a storming backhand forced Nadal to go wide.

It was a feeling of deja vu when Nadal broke straight back and gave up a couple of break points when serving to take the opener. This time, though, the 18-time slam winner fended off Querrey's resistance and, following a mammoth point, earned the set after 58 minutes.

Querrey's resolve was clearly on the wane when Nadal followed a punishing forehand with a drop shot to break for a 2-1 lead in the second.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal had Querrey on the run in game seven to earn a couple more opportunities to break, the first of which was duly taken when the American went long.

There was no way back from there and a familiar pattern followed in the third, Nadal making the immediate break with a perfectly angled forehand.

Another forehand winner for a 4-1 lead ensured there was no way back for Querrey and set the path for the latest instalment in one of tennis' greatest rivalries. 

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [3] bt Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal - 44/12
Querrey - 38/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal - 10/2
Querrey - 22/3

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/16
Querrey - 1/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 60
Querrey - 61

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 82/54
Querrey - 73/28

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal - 106
Querrey - 78

Roger Federer came from a set down against Kei Nishikori to move into the semi-finals with a historic 100th victory at Wimbledon.

Nishikori capitalised on a sloppy first set from the 20-time major champion to take the initiative on Wednesday, but normal service was resumed as the second seed triumphed 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4.

It was another landmark day for the Swiss, who is the first man to claim a century of singles wins at a grand slam event.

Nadal will take on old foe Rafael Nadal, who defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets, in the last four after striking 55 winners and 12 aces in another imperious Centre Court display.

Eighth seed Nishikori made a blistering start, breaking in the opening game with a volley after a sublime winner and he had three points for a 3-0 lead, but Federer dug in to get on the board.

Still, a composed Nishikori was in control, saving the only break point he faced in an opening set which he wrapped up when Federer was foxed by a looping forehand.

Federer was a different player at the start of the second, however, breaking to love in the opening game with a rasping inside-out forehand.

Nishikori was making too many unforced errors and Federer wasted no time in getting back on level terms, casually putting away a simple winner to make it a set apiece.

The world number seven fended off a break point in a long first game of the third set, but Federer's patience paid off when he went a break up at 4-3 with a searing forehand winner.

The eight-time champion steered away a volley to move a set away from victory and raised the roof with a majestic backhand winner on the run as he piled the pressure on.

He breezed through his service games but Nishikori put a fight, saving a string of break points until another unforced error put his opponent 5-4 up and on the brink of victory.

Federer duly served it out with ease, cruising into his 45th major semi-final and a 13th at SW19.

It was fun while it lasted, but the dream mixed doubles pairing of Serena Williams and Andy Murray saw their Wimbledon run come to an end on Wednesday.

The duo suffered a third-round exit at the hands of top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar, going down 6-3 4-6 6-2.

For Murray, a two-time singles champion at the All England Club, it is the end of his tournament on all fronts, having already lost in the men's doubles alongside Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

But Williams has her eye on the ultimate prize of victory in the women's singles, with a semi-final match against Barbora Strycova to come on Thursday.

The American is seeking a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and an eighth at the grass-court event.

Murray, who like his partner is a former world number one, is yet to confirm when and where he will make his return to singles action following hip surgery.

Roberto Bautista Agut powered through to a first grand slam semi-final by overcoming Guido Pella in four sets at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard extended his unbeaten record against Pella to 3-0 courtesy of a 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3 triumph to earn the dubious honour of a last-four meeting with world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Bautista Agut began this year in fine style, beating Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych in succession to land the Doha title, before appearing to end Andy Murray's singles career with a thrilling victory over the former world number one at the Australian Open.

Murray strongly hinted that might have been his final match because of injury, so Bautista Agut might have raised an eyebrow at the sight of the Scot playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Serena Williams.

How Murray, on the comeback trail after hip surgery, would have relished being out there on singles duty instead on Wednesday, and he would have seen much to admire on No. 1 Court.

Bautista Agut had won through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final without dropping a set, a record that not even Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal could match.

The intensity of the 31-year-old was evident as he edged two tight opening sets, with Pella perhaps feeling the pace after two five-set matches in his run, including a marathon fourth-round win over Milos Raonic.

The 29-year-old left-hander from Argentina caused a light stir at the All England Club when he swept through the third set, becoming the first man at the championships to poke through Bautista Agut's armoury.

Yet Pella could not get back on level terms, though, and the writing was on the wall by the time an unforced backhand error gave up the first break in set four, which Bautista Agut consolidated to lead 4-1.

Pella fought off two break points in a valiant show of resolve, but his first effort in a slam quarter was ultimately a losing one.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roberto Bautista Agut [23] bt Guido Pella [26] 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Bautista Agut - 42/35
Pella - 46/51

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Bautista Agut - 4/1
Pella - 14/5

BREAK POINTS WON
Bautista Agut - 4/16
Pella - 2/13

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Bautista Agut - 66
Pella - 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Bautista Agut - 71/58
Pella - 69/45

TOTAL POINTS
Bautista Agut - 144
Pella - 129

Defending champion Novak Djokovic took the wind out of David Goffin's sails to cruise into a ninth Wimbledon semi-final.

It was not plain sailing for the top seed in the first set, but he came from a break down and went on to brush Goffin aside 6-4 6-0 6-2 on Centre Court.

Goffin had the better of much of an entertaining opening set before Djokovic sapped the life out of the fast-fading Belgian, who wilted in his first quarter-final at SW19 on Wednesday.

Djokovic, who made only 17 unforced errors and won 76 per cent of points behind his first serve, has only dropped one set en route to the last four as he eyes a 16th major title.

The world number one, beaten by Goffin for the first time when they last met in Monaco two years ago, will now face Roberto Bautista Agut or Guido Pella.

Djokovic fended off a couple of break points with stoic defence and a trusty serve as his 23-ranked opponent applied early pressure, bossing baseline rallies.

Goffin was lightning quick over the famous grass as the two served up some thrilling rallies and the underdog got a thumbs up from Djokovic following a majestic cross-court winner before breaking to lead 4-3.

The Serbian appeared to be troubled by his eyes as he sat in his chair but was seeing clearly when he broke straight back and won the set after Goffin fizzed a backhand wide. 

The second set was a totally different story, Goffin fading fast after showing such promise, with an aggressive Djokovic sweeping him aside.

A sprightly Djokovic broke for a 2-0 lead with a volley at the net and continued to jump all over the Belgian's tame serve, returning superbly and sealing a bagel with a textbook overhead.

Goffin halted a run of 10 consecutive games won by Djokovic to level at 1-1 in the third but gifted the four-time champion a break with a double fault.

Djokovic saved two break points before taking a 4-1 advantage and Goffin was put out of his misery when he flashed a backhand into the tramlines.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt David Goffin [21] 6-4 6-0 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 24/17
Goffin - 28/23

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 3/3
Goffin - 4/5

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 7/10
Goffin - 1/6

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 59
Goffin - 45

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 76/50
Goffin - 62/38

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 93
Goffin - 66

Tim Henman still has to see it to believe a moment of sheer class in his Wimbledon quarter-final victory over the great Roger Federer 18 years ago.

Federer was beaten in the opening round at the All England Club in 1999 and 2000 but went on to reach the last eight after winning his first main-draw match at the grass-court grand slam in 2001.

The legendary Swiss beat seven-time champion Pete Sampras to set up a showdown with home favourite Henman.

Briton Henman shattered Federer's dreams of winning a first major with a 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 2-6 7-6 (8-6) victory to send Centre Court into raptures.

Federer has gone on to win 20 grand slam singles titles and will go in search of a 100th win at SW19 when he faces Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Henman vividly recalls his encounter with the eight-time Wimbledon champion, but it was a sublime winner from Federer that stands out.

He told Omnisport: "There is one backhand pass he hit, and I've seen it a few times since.

"I felt I volleyed as well as anyone and remember I hit a volley in one of the tie-breaks and he hit this backhand pass, which is one of the fastest shots I have ever seen. I've only seen it on television, I don't think I saw it go past me!

"It's funny that stands out, but obviously getting the victory and being through to the semi was a great memory.

"At the time he was a top-10 player on the up, but now I can look back and say it's nice to have a victory over Federer on Centre Court on your CV."

Henman thinks Federer has a great chance of regaining the title this weekend, but fancies Rafael Nadal's chances of moving within one major triumph of his old foe.

He added: "I can see him [Federer] winning it, but if I had to pick one it would be Nadal. I've been so impressed with him so far."

 

Andy Murray does not expect to feature in the US Open singles competition as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

Former world number one Murray and mixed-doubles partner Serena Williams eased into the third round at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a 7-5 6-3 win over 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert crashed out of the men's doubles in the second round, but the Briton could lift a second trophy since returning from surgery following his triumph alongside Feliciano Lopez at the Queen's Club Championships in June.

However, the 32-year-old – who had initially suggested he would look to return to singles for the North American hard-court leg of the ATP Tour, which concludes with the grand slam at Flushing Meadows in August – has indicated he is unlikely to take the next step in his comeback so soon.

"I think it's pretty unlikely just in terms of timing," 2012 US Open champion Murray told a news conference. "I spoke to my team a bit about that yesterday. Just a lot of stuff I need to get done physically, get myself stronger.

"The amount of work I need to do on the court to get ready for singles, the amount of work I need to put in off the court to get myself strong enough to play best of five sets, it's still quite a way away unfortunately.

"I would love to play. I need to look, like, pretty long term with this. I don't want to be having to go through another big operation in a few years' time.

"I want to make sure the operation I've had lasts for as long as possible. To give it the best chance, I need to make sure that, I'm physically really strong before I get back on the singles court."

At least for now, Murray said the focus is simply on enjoying his tennis – and of-court life – once more following two injury-hit seasons.

"When I got my hip injury, I was ranked number one in the world. I went from playing at the highest level of the sport to really struggling to do day-to-day things," Murray added.

"Playing tennis was not fun anymore, because it was painful every time I played. The training wasn't great.

"Then I wasn't enjoying just going out for a walk, doing other kind of social things as well. Going out for dinner and things like that, it was just uncomfortable.

"Now that I'm pain-free again, I realise that's actually the most important thing, is to be healthy, enjoying a kind of normal life, for someone that's 32. I'm just doing the things I've always loved doing again, which I didn't have the opportunity to do much the last couple of years."

Andy Murray declared Serena Williams to be "the boss" after Alison Riske discovered the legendary American can still call the shots at Wimbledon.

Williams beat Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach the singles semi-finals on Tuesday, then returned to Centre Court to team up with Murray for a mixed doubles win over Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

The legendary Williams has christened their dream team 'Murena' and Murray is in no mood to argue with her despite being at his home grand slam.

Riske was not giving any secrets away over her father's career after her exit, while Henri Leconte put on a show on the outside courts.

Catch up on the action with the daily diary from the All England Club.

 

MURENA IT IS - SERENA IN CHARGE

Williams and Murray had an expectant crowd on the edge of their seats as they teamed up for a 7-5 6-3 win in the second round.

There has been plenty of talk over what the star duo should be called, but Murray says his playing partner has the final say.

"I think Serena is the boss so whatever she says goes!" Murray said.

Williams added: "I am having a blast. Obviously it has been great atmosphere playing out there with Andy, so it is great."

 

MUM'S THE WORD OVER DAD'S RISKE BUSINESS

Riske has expressed herself brilliantly on and off court in her best run at a major.

It was very much a case of mum's the word when asked about her father's role as a former secret service agent and FBI investigator following her battle with Williams.

"My dad was on president detail with [Bill] Clinton, he was with [George] Bush Sr. He did that for quite a while. He was also with actually [Ronald] Reagan for a very short period of time," said the American.

"Honestly, my dad didn't share too many stories - he wasn't allowed to. I don't think I would share them now either, to be honest. His humour is a little off colour. I would probably feel better keeping them to myself."

 

LECONTE HOLDS FORTE IN ROLE REVERSAL

Charismatic Frenchman Leconte took centre stage on the outside courts before the serious action got under way.

The 56-year-old handed the chair umpire his racket to partner Patrick McEnroe and climbed up to officiate rather than do battle with Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis.

Leconte commentated on the encounter behind the microphone for richly entertained spectators on No.3 Court, offering words of advice for the umpire and also dishing out a warning.

The official took a tumble stretching for a winner, earning praise from Leconte as both starred in their alternative roles.

 

LUCKY 13: HISTORY MADE IN DOUBLES MARATHON

History was made at SW19 when Henri Kontinen and John Peers went down as the first winners of a final-set tie-break.

There was nothing to choose in a men's doubles clash between the eighth seeds and Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury that went the distance.

It was Kontinen and Peers who eventually prevailed, sealing a historic 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 3-6 4-6 13-12 (7-2) success in a contest which lasted four hours and 29 minutes on Court 12.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray sailed into the third round of the mixed doubles by taking out 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo at Wimbledon.

Williams beat Alison Riske to reach the singles semi-finals in a tough battle on Centre Court earlier on Tuesday and returned to secure another victory with Murray.

The former singles number ones will face top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar following an entertaining 7-5 6-3 win.

Murray and Williams enjoyed themselves on the main show court, American Atawo and Frenchman Martin unable to break a star duo that also won their first match in straight sets.

Williams said she was feeling good after setting up a last-four clash with Barbora Strycova despite a slight issue with her ankle and the 23-time major singles champion looked fresh as she combined superbly with Murray.

Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert crashed out of the men's doubles in the second round, but with Williams in this sort of form, the Briton could lift a second trophy since returning from hip surgery after teaming up with Feliciano Lopez for a success at the Queen's Club Championships last month.

Williams returned with venom and Murray put the seal on an impressive victory with an ace as the dream team marched on.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal eased into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with dominant displays in their respective fourth-round matches.

After Nadal easily brushed aside Joao Sousa, defending champion Djokovic made light work of Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Federer rounded off the day on Centre Court, easily dispatching world number 20 Matteo Berrettini to claim his 99th win at the grand slam.

The eight-time champion will face Kei Nishikori, who got the better of Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Djokovic will go up against David Goffin, while Sam Querrey's 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) win over compatriot Tennys Sandgren means he will play Nadal.

Milos Raonic succumbed to Guido Pella in a tightly contested five-set encounter, with Roberto Bautista Agut making up the last eight.

 

FEDERER NEARING WIMBLEDON MILESTONE

No player has ever reached a century of wins at a single grand slam, but after breezing past Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2 in 74 minutes Federer is one victory away from doing just that.

The 37-year-old was in supreme form against the Italian - 14 years his junior - with Berrettini making a number of rookie mistakes in a humbling defeat.

Eighth seed Nishikori will be Federer's opponent in the quarters after he edged past Kukushkin in four sets.

"I think it's going to be tough. I remember some of the slams recently he arrived into the later stages with maybe some tough matches going into it. So far it's been really easy for him," Federer told a news conference when asked about Nishikori.

 

INEXPERIENCED HUMBERT HARDLY TESTS DJOKOVIC

Playing for the first time in the second week of a grand slam, 21-year-old Humbert offered little resistance as Djokovic took another step towards defending his crown.

Humbert found himself chasing the 15-time major winner for the majority of the match, which was wrapped up when a delightful drop shot set the Serbian up to serve it out.

"I played against a very talented player who made some big wins this tournament and definitely has a potential to reach big heights in tennis because he's got quite [an] all-around game," Djokovic told a news conference.

 

BULLISH NADAL LOOKS RAMPANT

French Open champion Nadal proved untouchable for Sousa, as the world number two cruised to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 victory on Centre Court.

Nadal hit 30 winners and converted six of eight break points in the win, which took an hour and 45 minutes.

With Federer and Djokovic likely to join him in the last four for the second straight slam, the third seed reflected on their lengthy period of dominance.

"It is special what we achieved in the last 15 years," Nadal said. "Something special, difficult to repeat I think, so many titles between three players."

Roger Federer moved onto 99 wins at Wimbledon as he progressed into the quarter-finals with an emphatic 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory over Matteo Berrettini.

No other player has ever reached a century of victories at a single grand slam event, but Federer is now within one win of achieving the milestone.

With Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic having breezed into the last eight earlier on Monday, the 37-year-old showed no weaknesses against 17th-seed Berrettini on Centre Court, taking just 74 minutes to win.

Some neat shots from Berrettini got the crowd onside in the final set, though two consolation holds of serve were all he could manage as Federer inflicted a humbling defeat to set up a quarter-final tie with former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori.

It took Federer just 17 minutes to take the first set, swinging an ace down the middle after two breaks had already put him well in control.

Berrettini's nerves seemed to be getting the better of him, and the world number 20 failed to arrest his poor display in the second set, making seven unforced errors.

Federer played a clever drop shot to strike in the third game, and after Berrettini held the next time around on his serve, the Swiss claimed another break to take the second set with ease.

Another Berrettini mistake followed as Federer broke to love in the first game of the third - the Italian getting an attempted drop shot all wrong.

Federer did not let up, rushing up close to the net to win a fantastic point, and he subsequently broke again when the 23-year-old slipped from his return.

Berrettini failed to take advantage of his only break point in the next game, and despite holding twice to make the scoreline more respectable, his race was run as Federer - last time a Wimbledon champion in 2017 – won every point in the final game.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [2] bt Matteo Berrettini [17] 6-1 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer- 24/5
Berrettini - 14/23

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer- 5/1
Berrettini - 3/3

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer- 6/7
Berrettini - 0/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer- 69
Berrettini - 45

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer- 88/68
Berrettini - 69/34

TOTAL POINTS
Federer- 79
Berrettini - 40

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a serene passage into the Wimbledon quarter-finals as he dispatched Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3.

The 21-year-old Frenchman, ranked 66 in the world, was playing in the second week of a grand slam for the first time in his career and found the going tough against an imperious defending champion.

Djokovic's supreme defensive game made life incredibly tough for Humbert, who found himself chasing the match after early breaks in each of the first two sets.

A pinpoint backhand return from Djokovic opened up a 3-1 advantage in the opener and his progress to a last-eight encounter with 21st seed David Goffin was scarcely in doubt thereafter.

The world number one dropped a paltry 14 points on his own serve and, although Humbert's biggest weapon yielded six aces, Djokovic snaffled five of nine break points.

"I had never played Ugo but saw him play and he's won against a couple of great players," Djokovic told BBC.

"I was able to study his game, but he probably wasn't at his best. I'm pleased to execute the job in three sets."

After a processional second set, Humbert knuckled down gamely in the third.

But he coughed up three more break points in the eighth game and Djokovic only needed one – a delightful drop shot settling him up to serve out via a couple of deuces.

With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in similarly uncompromising moods on Monday, SW19 is enjoying some of the all-time greats in prime form.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 25/14
Humbert - 20/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 3/1
Humbert - 6/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 5/9
Humbert - 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 70
Humbert - 60

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 78/80
Humbert - 65/38

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 91
Humbert- 60

Rafael Nadal refuted the suggestion Ashleigh Barty should have featured on Centre Court at Wimbledon at his expense.

Women's world number one Barty played on No.2 Court on Monday, but the French Open champion and top seed crashed out with a shock 3-6 6-2 6-3 defeat to Alison Riske, who will face Serena Williams in the quarter-finals.

Nadal, meanwhile, cruised to a convincing 6-2 6-2 6-2 triumph over Joao Sousa in the main arena.

But the second-ranked men's player did not agree with a reporter's suggestion Barty deserved to play on Centre Court, the third seed stating his status in the sport is higher than the Australian's.

"I am the world number two and I have won 18 grand slams," Nadal told a news conference.

"My answer is not no or yes. My answer is [the schedulers] make a decision. You are putting Ashleigh Barty in front of me.

"In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if she is the top player in the world, won the French Open and is playing unbelievably well.

"A day like today, everybody is playing. Of course, [Novak] Djokovic is not on Centre Court. The first day, I was playing on No.1 Court."

Nadal will face Sam Querrey in the last eight after the American beat his compatriot Tennys Sandgren in their fourth-round tie.

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