One-time world number one, Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form through the Wimbledon draw with a Triple slam three-set victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
The third seeded Spaniard, only tested so far by second-round opponent Nick Kyrgios, eased to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win to qualify in the last 16.
The 33-year-old, who is an 18-time major winner, will face an unseeded American, Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren – in the last eight.
“It was a good solid match, the second serve didn’t work as well as two days ago, but the rest was very positive,” Nadal said.
“I am happy to be where I am, the body is holding well and I’m playing some good tennis.”
However, Nadal’s compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded 23rd, reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over France’s 28th seed Benoit Paire.
Nadal has struggled to go far at Wimbledon in recent years, with fitness issues and the demands of his favoured clay-court season taking their toll on the two-time champions.
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By Olukayode Oniwinde