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Rafael Nadal will stay No. 1 after advancing to fourth round at Wimbledon

APTOPIX Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men’s singles match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur, on the sixth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


Rafael Nadal guaranteed he will stay No. 1 in the rankings after Wimbledon as he reached the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur.

Nadal hasn’t dropped a set so far in the tournament. Against de Minaur, he faced only three break points and saved them all, while producing nearly twice as many winners, 30-17.

This is Nadal’s eighth trip to the round of 16 at the All England Club, where he has won two of his 17 Grand Slam titles. A year ago, the Spaniard lost at that stage.

He and Roger Federer have swapped the No. 1 ranking a half-dozen times this season, the most since there were eight changes in 1999.