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Wimbledon headlines - day five: Zverev recovers, Venus and Keys fall; Federer, Serena and Monfils march into week two

  • Zverev makes convincing recovery to see off Fritz in five sets
  • Mums Serena, Rodina march into Wimbledon round of 16
  • Federer still yet to face a break point as he makes second week
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Rodina scored a big win over 10th seed Keys, Bertens out-maneuvered five-time champion Venus while Serena, Federer, Pliskova and Monfils eased into fourth round of The Championships.

Keys and Venus stumble in round three

Madison Keys. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

No.10 seed Keys was the among the first to take the court on Friday, day five but despite a blistering start that saw the American mount a 5-2 lead in the first set an inspired Rodina cleaned up her game to reel off the next five games and take the set 7-5. It was much of the same in set two, with the Russian keeping the momentum thanks to a couple of early breaks for a 4-0 lead, but after Keys saved four crucial break points to get on the board, the US Open finalist seemed to find a second wind to force a decider.

Evgeniya Rodina. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The loss of a break lead by Keys and some clean ball striking in the important moments by Rodina saw the world No.120 record a notable upset in three sets to reach the second week of a Slam for the first time in her career. Venus suffered a similar fate at the hands of crafty Bertens after dropping the first set in her third successive match, the 5-time champion lost 6-8 in the deciding set to end her Wimbledon campaign despite saving three match points.

Kiki Bertens shakes hands after beating Venus Williams in round three. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Federer, Serena keep shining into second week

Roger Federer. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

It was business as usual for defending champion Federer who barely broke a sweat to defeat Struff in straight sets, the Swiss maintained his unblemished serving record in these Championships as he is still yet to face a break point all week.

Fourth seed Sascha Zverev seemed down and out after trailing by two sets to one against Fritz late Thursday, but resumed to win the match in five sets and set up a tasty third round clash with Gulbis. Gael Monfils also recovered from a nasty slip during his 3R clash versus Querrey, but returned (after an off court medical time out) to conquer the 2017 semi-finalist in four sets. Victory for the Frenchman means a first-ever appearance in the Wimbledon Round of 16.

Serena Williams needed a pair of aces to seal a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 victory over Mladenovic in one hour, 49 minutes on Center Court. The legendary American continues her winning streak at Wimbledon; her last loss at SW19 was to Alize Cornet in round three of the 2014 Championships.

Serena Williams celebrates after beating Mladenovic. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Other day five winners include, Pliskova, Isner, Vekic, Anderson, Makarova and 19-year old Stefanos Tsitsipas who will make his first appearance in the second week of a major, courtesy of a straight sets triumph over Fabbiano.

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Wimbledon headlines - day five: Zverev recovers, Venus and Keys fall; Federer, Serena and Monfils march into week two

Day five of The Championships saw five-time champion Venus fall and 10th seed Keys crash out to Rodina. Alexander Zverev mounted a dominant recovery to defeat Fritz in five while Federer, Serena, Monfils and Pliskova ease into week two.

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