Wimbledon Day 6: Top seed Kerber overcomes scare against Rogers, Federer and Djokovic ease through

World number one Angelique Kerber scraped into the last 16 on day six at Wimbledon, as the two-time grand slam winner had to dig deep to get the better of Shelby Rogers.

Last year’s beaten finalist lost the first set with a single break of serve from the American, but Kerber cut out the errors in the second set as she battled from a break down in the second to dominate a tie-break and level the match.

Angelique Kerber kept her hopes of a third grand slam title alive
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The German took her seventh break point to win a 13-minute opening game and when Rogers hit a forehand long, Kerber kept her hopes of a first Wimbledon title alive with a hard-fought 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory.

Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza moved one step closer to a second grand slam title, as she has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon after a comfortable straight sets win over Sorana Cristea.

The Romanian held in the opening games of each set, but 14th seed Muguruza won five games in a row in each set on her way to a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win to set up a last 16 clash with top seed Kerber.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska had to overcome a shaky start to secure her place in the fourth round, as the ninth seed came from a set down to secure victory over Timea Baczinszky.

After French Open semi-finalist Bacsinszky needed treatment on a thigh problem prior to the final set, Radwanska took advantage to secure a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win and reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the sixth consecutive year.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki also had to come from behind to keep her hopes of a first grand slam title alive, as the Dane saw of the threat of Anett Kontaveit of Estonia  3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

24th seed Coco Vandeweghe booked her spot in the next round at Wimbledon with having yet to drop a set, as she proved too strong for fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 6-4.

Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also made no mistake to keep her first grand slam title hopes alive, as the Russian cruised to a 6-4 6-0 win against Polona Hercog of Slovakia to reach the last 16.

Magdalena Rybarikova followed up on her shock win over third seed Karolina Pliskova, as the Slovak kept her dream run going with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

On the men’s side of things, Roger Federer continued his quest towards a record 19th grand slam title, as the Swiss man comfortably beat Mischa Zverev to reach the fourth round.

German Zverev managed to claw back from 4-1 down in the first set to force a tie-break, but seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer proved too strong for the 29-year-old to take the lead.

Federer continued to get stronger and stronger as a spectacular return game saw him bag a crucial break early in the second and a double break from Zverev in the third proved costly, as the third seed wrapped up a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4 win in an hour and 49 minutes.

13th seed Grigor Dimitrov stands in Federer’s way of a first Wimbledon title since 2012, as the Bulgarian secured his place in the last 16 when Israeli opponent Dudi Sela pulled out with a leg injury while trailing 1-6 1-6.

It was also a comfortable day at the office for second seed Novak Djokovic, as he remained on course for a fourth Wimbledon title with a straight sets win over Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.

28-year-old Gulbis broke the Serbian early on to take a surprise 4-2 lead, but Djokovic came roaring back winning 10 straight games to win the first set and build up a 5-0 lead in the second.

The world number 548 recovered from a back problem to earn an early break at the start of the third, but Djokovic snuffed out the danger and needed a tie-break to seal his spot in the last 16 after a 6-4 6-1 7-6 (7/2) straight sets win.

Up next for the second seed is a last 16 tie with Adrian Mannarino, as the Frenchman came from 2-1 down to stun compatriot Gaels Monfils 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-2 in five sets.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the tournament at the fourth round, as Sam Querrey edged out the Frenchman in a five set thriller.

The American – who stunned Novak Djokovic here last year – broke Tsonga’s serve in the only game of the match played on Saturday, after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday night to emerge a 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 7-5 winner.

Roger Federer remains on course for a record eighth Wimbledon title
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Last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic once again had to dig deep in his third round match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, as the Canadian saw off the threat of the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-5 to progress to the second week.

There was a much better outing for Austrian Dominic Thiem, as the eighth seed cruised into the fourth round with a 7-5 6-4 6-2 straight sets win against world number 67 Jared Donaldson.

Former Wimbledon finalist Thomas Berdych also kept his hopes of a first major title alive, as the Czech proved too strong for veteran David Ferrer in a 6-3 6-4 6-3 win against the Spaniard.

Tenth seed Alexander Zverev was never in danger of following his older brother Mischa out of the tournament, as the German brushed aide Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4 6-4 6-2 to progress.

You can check out more results from day six at Wimbledon, including the latest doubles action, at this link.

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