Garbine Muguruza has split with coach Sam Sumyk, the two-time grand slam champion has confirmed.

Muguruza and Sumyk have worked together for the past four years, taking in her breakout triumph at the 2016 French Open where she beat Serena Williams in the final in straight sets.

The 25-year-old won Wimbledon in 2017 - Venus Williams her victim on that occasion - and reached world number one, although her SW19 success came predominantly under the guidance of Conchita Martinez as Sumyk attended the birth of his daughter.

The pair were involved in a pair of high-profile courtside rows at the WTA Elite Trophy last year and Muguruza's fortunes have been on the wane – culminating in a first-round exit at the All England club last week versus Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia.

"Few words to announce the end of an extraordinary ride," Muguruza tweeted.

"2 Grand Slams and World No 1. Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam."

 

Few words to announce the end of an Extraordinary ride. 2 Grand Slams and World N 1. Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam

— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) July 9, 2019

Muguruza won this year's Monterrey Open when former Sumyk pupil Victoria Azarenka withdrew during the second set of the final but her world ranking has tumbled to 27.

Cori Gauff likened the support she received at Wimbledon to a home crowd after her journey at the All England Club came to an end.

The 15-year-old American shocked five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in round one but went out to former world number one Simona Halep in the last 16 on Monday.

Halep came out on top 6-3 6-3 on No.1 Court, though Gauff still produced some quality shots despite struggling with a stomach problem.

Gauff's rise to prominence has undoubtedly been the story of this year's tournament so far and the future appears bright for the teenager, who was a firm fan favourite at Wimbledon.

"It was really surprising because you don't really expect this kind of support when you're in another country, not your home country," Gauff told a news conference.

"I really did feel like I was probably playing in New York somewhere. I'm just really happy and happy that people believe in me.

"They've been amazing, like even this match. Even though I wasn't feeling my best, I wasn't playing my best, but they were still supporting me no matter what. 

"I learned a lot. I learned how to play in front of a big crowd. I learned what it was like to be under pressure. I learned a lot and I'm really thankful for this experience."

Gauff may have become an international tennis sensation, but she still has to finish her high school studies for the academic year.

"I literally have two weeks left. I probably could have been done if I didn't play this, but I'm so close," she added.

"My teachers definitely let me take a break a little so I could focus on my matches.

"I'm just going to go get back to work. I'm going to rest obviously for a couple days. I don't know where we're going to go.

"Definitely going to take like a mini weekend family vacation. I don't know where we'll go. I'm excited to just kind of chill for a little bit."

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.

World number one Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova crashed out as the women's quarter-final draw opened up at Wimbledon.

Barty went down 3-6 6-2 6-3 in a compelling contest against Alison Riske on No. 2 Court, while Czech Republic's third seed Pliskova went down to compatriot Karolina Muchova 4-6 7-5 13-11 in an epic encounter.

Riske will face Serena Williams – a 6-2 6-2 winner over Carla Suarez Navarro - in an all-American quarter but 15-year-old sensation Cori Gauff had her superb run at SW19 ended by Simona Halep in straight sets.

Halep is now the highest seed left in the draw after Britain's Johanna Konta kept home interest alive with a thrilling 4-6 6-2 6-4 win over world number six Petra Kvitova.
 

BARTY'S HOT STREAK COMES TO AN END

French Open champion Barty had not lost for two months heading into her fourth-round match but had no complaints as Riske turned in a stirring display.

"Overall I didn't play a poor match. When I needed to, when the big moments were there, Alison played better," she said. "Tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player."

Riske is relishing her reward of a showdown with Williams, who she has partnered in Fed Cup doubles.

"I think it's super exciting. I played doubles with Serena, but never played against her. It will be an interesting match," she said.

"I'm ready for a war. She's the greatest athlete I think that's ever been on the women's side. It's going to be a huge challenge."

GAUFF EXIT TOUGH TO STOMACH

Already a favourite at the All England Club, Gauff was unable to overturn the odds once more against the former world number one Halep.

The youngster seemed to be hindered by illness and called for the doctor in the second set.

"I wasn't feeling 100 per cent. I still tried my best. Simona played really well," she said after losing 6-3 6-3.

"I learned a lot. I learned how to play in front of a big crowd. I learned what it was like to be under pressure. I'm really thankful for this experience."
 

KONTA KEEPS HOME FIRES BURNING

Konta will meet veteran Barbora Strycova – a winner in three against Belgium's Elise Mertens - after bringing Centre Court to its feet at the end of a gruelling battle.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova did not go down without a fight, saving two match points and breaking Konta to recover from 5-1 down to make it 5-4 in the decider, but the elated 19th seed finished the job.

"Petra started playing incredibly freely and hitting through the ball. The balls were coming at 100 miles-an-hour to me," Konta, who assuaged fears over the ankle treatment she received during the match, told BBC.

"I'm tremendously grateful to be here. The way I'm competing, I'm really happy with that."

SVITOLINA LANDING BLOWS ON OTHER SIDE OF THE DRAW

China's world number 50 Shuai Zhang is up next for Halep after beating teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-4 1-6 6-2 to reach a first quarter-final since the 2016 Australian Open.

Yastremska's fellow Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the number eight seed, brushed aside Petra Martic in straight sets to set up a meeting with surprise package Muchova.

A keen boxing fan, Svitolina will be optimistic of sealing semi-final berth and potentially landing a knockout blow on one of the favourites.

"I love watching it. In Ukraine there is great fighters," she said, while pursuing a triumph that could place her alongside the Klitschko brothers and Vasyl Lomachenko in her nation's affections.

"I'm a big fan of [Anthony Joshua]. Unfortunately, [his] last fight wasn't great."

Cori Gauff's extraordinary Wimbledon adventure came to an end as Simona Halep produced a fine performance in a convincing 6-3 6-3 victory.

After capturing the world of tennis' attention with a shock defeat of five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in round one, Gauff comfortably saw off Magdalena Rybarikova before claiming a spot in the last 16 with a wonderful comeback win over Polona Hercog.

But the 15-year-old could not match former world number one Halep on No.1 Court on Monday, as the 2018 French Open champion eased into the quarter-finals.

Gauff looked set to test Halep when she broke back in the second game, but the Romanian moved in front again in game five before winning against serve to seal the first set.

Halep had victory in her sights when 5-2 up in the second set, only for Gauff - who had to be treated for an apparent abdominal problem during the match - to claw back two match points and hold.

But Gauff's resistance proved futile as Halep converted her next match point - the teenager's tournament coming to a close when she overhit a forehand.

Halep, who made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros this year, will face Zhang Shuai next up.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Simona Halep [7] bt Cori Gauff 6-3 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Halep - 17/14
Gauff - 15/29

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Halep - 2/5
Gauff - 0/1

BREAK POINTS WON
Halep - 5/12
Gauff - 2/6

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Halep - 57
Gauff - 66

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Halep - 76/44
Gauff - 53/38

TOTAL POINTS
Halep - 68
Gauff - 51

Rafael Nadal maintained his supreme form at Wimbledon as he cruised into the quarter-finals with a dominant 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Joao Sousa.

Nadal's coach Francisco Roig claimed the third seed was "playing without any weaknesses" at the grand slam following a brilliant display against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in round three, and the 18-time major winner was at his scintillating best in Monday's tie.

Sousa was unable to get close to the French Open champion on Centre Court, with the Portuguese - who shocked 13th seed Marin Cilic earlier in the competition - failing to claim a single break point throughout.

After some wicked shots in the final set, Nadal wrapped up the win in style on the first of three match points to progress into the last eight, where he will face Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren.

Nadal started off as he meant to go on and broke twice in the opening four games to take a 4-0 lead, with Sousa only able to win four points in response.

Sousa avoided an unwanted hat-trick of breaks against him when he held to love to pull a game back, but a passing winner from Nadal sealed the set in the Spaniard's favour.

The world number two's dominance told on Sousa early in the second set, as he aired his frustration with members of his team after Nadal won against serve for a third time.

Sousa's frustration turned to admiration soon after when he applauded a wonderful forehand from his opponent, who claimed the set.

Having pulled level on his serve after going 1-0 down in the third set, Nadal came out on top in a 20-shot rally with a sublime cross-court backhand before breaking with the next point.

Another stunning winner followed on Nadal's next break of serve, before he capped off an exceptional performance with an ace to hold to love.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [3] bt Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal - 30/10
Sousa - 16/15

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal - 5/3
Sousa - 4/0

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/8
Sousa - 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 57
Sousa - 68

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 85/69
Sousa - 56/46

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal - 84
Sousa - 53

Serena Williams breezed into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Previous form offered little indication that Williams' pursuit of a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title would be knocked off course by Suarez Navarro, who had failed to win a set in their six previous meetings.

This proved a similarly forlorn assignment for the 30th seed, despite some good moments in the middle of each set as errors flowed from her esteemed opponent's racquet more frequently than might have been expected.

Williams will face Alison Riske in the quarter-finals after her compatriot downed world number one Ashleigh Barty via a gruelling 96-minute encounter on Number Two Court.

Over on Centre, early breaks at the start of each set were key - Suarez Navarro unhelpfully setting the tone for herself with a double fault on the opening point.

Williams converted her second break point but her Spanish opponent avoided any further damage until the seventh game.

A crunching backhand gave Williams the opening after a third deuce and Suarez Navarro sent her own shot from that wing into the net.

The contest threatened to race away from the 30-year-old as she coughed up two more service games to be down 0-3 in the second.

Things had arguably become too easy for Williams, who was jolted by being broken to love in the next game and needed an assured passing shot to end a run of six consecutive points lost.

Serena reacted exuberantly to a driven forehand winner that saw off another service wobble to set up a hold at 4-2 and a glorious cross-court backhand to break for a fifth time in the contest meant Suarez Navarro's race was run.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Serena Williams [11] bt Carla Suarez Navarro [30] 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Williams – 21/19
Suarez Navarro – 9/13

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Williams – 2/1
Suarez Navarro – 1/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Williams – 5/11
Suarez Navarro – 1/3

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Williams - 61
Suarez Navarro - 61

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Williams – 78/47
Suarez Navarro – 56/35

TOTAL POINTS
Williams - 60
Suarez Navarro - 43

World number one Ashleigh Barty was beaten for the first time in two months on Monday as Alison Riske claimed a superb fourth-round victory at Wimbledon.

The American, who had only reached this stage of a grand slam once before in her career, recovered to win 3-6 6-2 6-3 in 97 gruelling minutes on No.2 Court.

Having already beaten seeds Belinda Bencic and Donna Vekic at these championships, Riske will face either Serena Williams or Carla Suarez Navarro in her first major quarter-final.

Barty, who had not even dropped a set since the semi-finals of the French Open last month before this meeting, began with four consecutive aces as she battled to a 4-1 lead, before closing out the opening set as Riske missed a backhand return at the end of another love service game.

The Australian's backhand slice had been causing Riske some problems but she was off balance when her opponent responded with a string of emphatic ground strokes to move 4-1 ahead in the second set.

Riske then levelled the match with a simple passing shot after Barty, who won only two points at the net in set two, failed to do enough with a forehand volley.

A hard-fought third set swung Riske's way when she broke for a 5-3 lead with a fine forehand down the line, and last month's Libema Open champion claimed victory on her first match point as Barty sent a forehand into the tramlines.

"I've just been ready to battle every day I go out there and that's really shown in all my matches. I couldn't be more proud of myself," said Riske.

"I couldn't begin to say what it means to me. To overcome the matches the way that I have ultimately is what I'm most excited about. Being in the last eight at Wimbledon isn't too bad!"

Andy Murray sees no reason why he cannot re-establish himself as one of the best players in the world when he resumes his singles career.

Murray teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to win the doubles title at Queen's Club in a glorious return five months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

The three-time grand slam champion feared his career may be over when speaking about his injury during an emotional news conference at the Australian Open, where he was beaten in round one by Roberto Bautista Agut before going under the knife again in January.

Murray, bidding to win the mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon after the Brit and Pierre-Hugues Herbert lost in the second round of the men's doubles, says he can be a force when he feels ready to go it alone.

"Why not?" The former world number said when asked if he can challenge the top players in the world.

"If someone can give me a reason why I shouldn't be able to compete again then I would listen to it, but so far I haven't really been given one.

"If, physically, I can get back to a good level my tennis is still fine. I'm sure that, tennis-wise, I will be able to keep up with guys. I don't feel that the game has moved on and I won't be able to get back.

"A lot of the same guys are still there."

Rafael Nadal is "playing without any weaknesses" at Wimbledon, according to his coach Francisco Roig.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal cruised past Yuichi Sugita in his opener but dropped a set in a fiery encounter against Nick Kyrgios in the second round.

However, the third seed was in top form in a 6-2 6-3 6-2 triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday, with Joao Sousa standing between him and a place in the quarter-finals.

"The match against [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga was one of precision and controlled intensity," Roig told the ATP Tour's official website.

"Rafa maintained a state of fluidity throughout, and it makes matters difficult for his opponents when he's in that kind of groove. His return was on point and his serves were on target.

"Rafa is playing without any weaknesses; even Tsonga commented he wasn't sure where to attack or what to do. If a player like Tsonga can't figure out how to handle Rafa, that says something about his game. No one has found a solution.

"He has a clear vision in his head of what he wants to do, and he's been able to dictate play on his terms so far."

Roig thinks clay-court specialist Nadal's improvement on grass is down to hard work behind the scenes.

"Rafa believes he can take adjustments he's made during training, then step on the court and put those adjustments to use," he added.

"The better he's prepared and the harder he works, the smoother things go during matches. Right now, Rafa feels he has everything covered; he doesn't feel there are any cracks in his game. That reflects well on us as a team.

"He's always going to have the skill; it's about being ready for anything and having the right mindset going into any situation.

"This is especially so on grass but even on clay, there are moments when things aren't going his way, but he can fall back on what he's learned during training to carry him through.

"With all the work he's done, I go into every match believing things will go Rafa's way and that he can win."

Andy Murray was in awe of doubles partner Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Saturday and believes she and Roger Federer do not get the credit their longevity deserves.

Williams was in inspired form as a mixed doubles bow with Murray ended in a dominant 6-4 6-1 victory over Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi on Centre Court.

But having seen Williams at close quarters, Murray suggested her competitive drive is underestimated after a lengthy career at the top.

The 37-year-old has won 23 grand slam singles titles, while Federer - also referenced by the Briton - is the same age and just three major triumphs behind.

"It's impressive, after the amount of success that someone like Serena has had for such a long period, to still be out there," Murray explained.

"Whatever, eight o'clock at night, having already won a singles, just wanting to win and being competitive.

"That's impressive. I don't think people always appreciate how difficult that is to do I think because of what Serena and Roger have done for such a long period.

"It's kind of taken for granted a little bit. But it's impressive.

"I don't mean that Roger and Serena themselves are taken for granted. I'm just saying it's more like the longevity, the competitiveness to keep going at that level.

"I think that's what people maybe sometimes don't always talk about. Maybe sometimes it looks like it comes easy to them, and it isn't. I know that.

"It's hard work to stay at the top of a sport for a long time physically, mentally. Yeah, for me, that's what's really impressive as a professional athlete, just to see what they've done.

"I think tennis is grateful for all that they've done, all the fans they've brought to the sport. But I don't think people always talk about that side of things."

Serena Williams sang the praises of Cori 'Coco' Gauff and Ashleigh Barty as she assessed the credentials of two players who could deny her a record-tying 24th grand slam title next weekend.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams was an impressive 6-3 6-4 winner against Germany's Julia Goerges on No. 1 Court on Saturday, setting up a last-16 clash with Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat Lauren Davis.

The 37-year-old American superstar could face world number one Barty in the quarter-finals, while Gauff - who Williams says is "totally capable" of winning the title at the age of 15 - is on the opposite side of the draw.

Williams labelled Australian Barty a "beautiful player" with "great technique" and added: "She's just someone in the locker room that you just always root for.

"But in general I have been watching her game because I know that she's a force to be reckoned with. So I've been watching a lot."

Barty trounced British player Harriet Dart 6-1 6-1 on Centre Court and will face American Alison Riske next. Riske, ranked 55th, beat Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic in three sets.

Williams says Gauff is equipped to achieve more success at Wimbledon, with the world number 313 to play Simona Halep next.

"I think there's some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn't know what to do at Wimbledon," Williams said. "Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do. I think she's definitely on a different level, so I think she's totally capable and ready."

Fourth seed Kiki Bertens was the biggest casualty of the day, the Dutch player sliding to a 7-5 6-1 defeat at the hands of experienced Barbora Strycova.

Fellow Czech Petra Kvitova raced to a 6-3 6-2 win against Poland's Magda Linette, Britain's Johanna Konta ground out a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory over US ninth seed Sloane Stephens, and Belgian Elise Mertens dug in for a 6-2 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 success against Wang Qiang of China.

FOREARM FOREWARNING

Kvitova looks to have made untroubled progress through to the second week, and the two-time Wimbledon champion is happy with her form.

But the 29-year-old has warned her campaign could end at any moment and it may have nothing to do with an opponent.

She began the tournament saying she had "no pain" in her left arm after several days of practice, but a tear forced her to pull out of the French Open and Kvitova is wary of the problem possibly returning.

"As I mentioned already many times before, the pain can come in the forearm and I have to retire," she said.

"Now my mind is more focusing on the arm than maybe on the tennis. It's a bit difficult in the practices before, my arm just getting tighter. I just felt it. I couldn't really hit it.

"I'm always worried about the scenarios that's come in the match. So far it's okay."

ENJOYING A PINCER THE ACTION

Did Barty intend to quote Sebastian, the crab from The Little Mermaid, in her press conference after beating Dart?

Asked about how she figures out how and when to play certain shots, Barty said: "I think for me sometimes I look at a shot, I play a shot, I think the seaweed is always greener in someone else's lake. I try and think of how else I can win the point."

The seaweed idiom is thought to have been coined for the 1989 animated Disney film, a subterranean take on the 'grass is always greener' notion.

COCO HAS A NEW SUPER-FAN - BUT SHE'S NOT A BFF YET

Gauff was only involved in doubles on Saturday, losing a mixed match with British partner Jay Clarke.

Yet she remains in demand and proved good value in her post-match news conference, thrilled to have picked up a new fan in the former United States First Lady Michelle Obama.

On Friday evening in the US, Obama tweeted: "Coco is terrific!"

"Yeah, I just saw the tweet," said 15-year-old Gauff, who will play in the singles fourth round on Monday. "We don't talk personally. I don't have her number or anything. I was super excited. She's one of my role models. So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist."

Wimbledon great Roger Federer gave a modest response to becoming the first player to win 350 singles grand slam matches on Saturday.

Federer defeated Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7-4) on Centre Court to bring up the milestone.

But while Billie Jean King dedicated a Twitter post to the Swiss, describing him as "this GOAT", Federer himself preferred to explain why the achievement was slightly biased.

"The records mean something to me but not everything just because I am very much aware that not everybody for the last 100 years played all the slams," he said.

"It's really only the last 20 years that that's been going on. Travelling has gotten easier. I'm sure that's going to keep happening from now on, most of the players will keep playing."

Federer was at least positive about his performance, though, adding: "I'm very happy how it's going so far. I thought it was a good match with Lucas.

"Of course, I hope it's going to take a special performance from somebody to stop me, not just a mediocre performance. I'm happy that I'm able to raise my level of play."

 

NADAL: CHALLENGERS NEED TIME...

It is a question that is asked of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic time and again. Who can end their dominant reign?

There was certainly no sign of Nadal slowing on Saturday as he blitzed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2, although the Spaniard acknowledged the end is nearing for the big three after a "special" stretch.

"There are a couple of very good players on the Tour. Yeah, a couple of young ones," he said. "They need some time.

"I don't know. For me, it is not easy to answer this question because I am part of it. It is difficult to have clear answer.

"Honestly, what we have achieved in the grand slams, in tennis in general, during the last 14, 15 years, is something special. To have three players that achieved that much is something difficult to repeat because we played more or less at the same time.

"But here we are. Of course, somebody is going to come and beat us or we are going to leave because we are not young anymore."

 

...AND SOUSA TAKES IT

This might not be quite what Nadal meant. His next opponent Joao Sousa was the last man off the court on Saturday after being taken to five sets by Briton Dan Evans.

An entertaining match might have enthused the two-time champion in more ways than one as the contest dragged on in draining fashion until Sousa won 4-6 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4 in three hours and 56 minutes, becoming the first-ever Portuguese player to reach the last 16.

 

SANDGREN SETS UP ALL-AMERICAN CLASH

Tennys Sandgren and Sam Querrey, two Americans, will face each other in the next round following impressive wins.

Sandgren kept his composure as opponent Fabio Fognini lost his cool, extraordinarily ranting about a wish to see Wimbledon bombed, while Querrey's superb form continued against John Millman.

A third American fell by the way side as Kei Nishikori breezed past Steve Johnson, though.

Matteo Berrettini will play Federer, with Mikhail Kukushkin also through.

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