Wimbledon: Nadal beats Tsonga in straight sets


World number two Rafael Nadal dispatched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard – a two-time champion at SW19 – won 6-2 6-3 6-2 in their first meeting at the All England Club and their first since 2015.

Nadal, 33, will play Britain’s Dan Evans or Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the next round.”I’m very happy. I think I played a great match,” Nadal told BBC Sport.

“I was returning well, playing aggressively with the forehand and the backhand. I think i did a lot of things well.

“Tsonga is someone you don’t want to face in the third round at Wimbledon.

“Every single day is a battle here. It is not a surface I play a lot of matches on during the year.”

In his first meeting with Frenchman Tsonga at a Grand Slam in 11 years, Nadal secured an early break to move 4-1 ahead and made just three unforced errors throughout the opening set.

The second set stayed with serve until Nadal broke to lead 4-2, and he almost sealed the set on a break before Tsonga fought back to force him to serve out for a 2-0 advantage.

Nadal dominated the third set, gaining a double break, and he almost broke Tsonga yet again on his third match point but the two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist was able to hold.

However, Nadal quickly served out the match to love in one hour 48 minutes, with Tsonga seemingly nursing a hand injury after a tumble earlier in the game.

Elsewhere, eighth seed Kei Nishikori beat American Steve Johnson 6-4 6-3 6-2.

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