ATP Wimbledon: Pella stuns Raonic. Nishikori, Goffin and Bautista Agut win



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ATP Wimbledon: Pella stuns Raonic. Nishikori, Goffin and Bautista Agut win

The 8th seed Kei Nishikori is through to the fifth consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 43 minutes. The Japanese played better on the second serve and made the difference in the pivotal points, defending eight out of 11 break points and delivering five breaks from 13 chances to emerge as the winner and set Roger Federer clash.

Both players had more winners than unforced errors and Kei won 14 points more in the end, enough to carry him through despite a solid resistance from the Kazakh. Kei grabbed the opening set with a break in game four, saving one break point in the next game and closing the set with a hold at 5-3.

After seven easy holds in set number two on both sides, Mikhail grabbed a break at 4-3, repelling two break chances in the next game to level the overall score, ready to give his everything en route to the quarter-final. Nishikori took charge again in set number three, serving well and delivering a break in game eight that carried him towards another lead before the servers finally lost the ground at the beginning of the fourth set, with five straight breaks of serve.

Kei scored three of those and brought the advantage home with three great holds for the place in the last eight. David Goffin is through to the third Grand Slam quarter-final and the first at Wimbledon, ousting Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just under three hours.

It was another high-quality clash with more winners than unforced errors from both players and David forged the victory after taking seven points more than Fernando, with three breaks on each side. The Belgian had more opportunities but failed to convert them, fending off five set points in the opener to avoid an early setback and settling into a nice rhythm in sets three and four to cross the finish line first.

That opening set lasted for more than an hour and Verdasco led 6-3, 7-6 and 8-7 before Goffin performed a comeback to steal it 11-9, losing focus in set number two that Fernando claimed 6-2 to leave the opener behind. Nonetheless, David prevailed with one break in sets three and four, defending his serve nicely to advance into the last eight and continue where he left in Halle.

Guido Pella had turned 28 in May 2018 and still had no Wimbledon wins under his belt, changing that in the last year's campaign when he reached the third round. The Argentine has an even better run in 2019, battling past Milos Raonic 3-6, 4-6 6-3, 7-6, 8-6 in three hours and 42 minutes for the first Major quarter-final.

It was the first loss for Milos after winning the opening two sets, losing both focus and the energy in the second part of the clash to push Pella through and keep himself away from the last eight. The Canadian fired 33 aces and finished the match with nine points more on his tally, with three breaks on each side from 25 chances overall!

To make things even worse for Raonic, he lost eight points on serve in sets one and two, never facing a break point and missing the opportunity to take set number two with a more convincing score and break Pella's resistance.

Instead of that, Guido raised his level in set number three, serving well and breaking Milos in game four to claim it 6-3. Milos broke in the eighth game of the fourth set to serve for the triumph but it wasn't to be for him, suffering a break in that ninth game and losing the tie break 7-3 to keep Pella in the match.

The fifth set went down to the wire and Milos had to fend off three match points in games ten and 12 before Guido stole a break at 7-6 to prevail and advance into the quarters. Sam Querrey is through to the last eight at the All England Club for the third time in the last four years, ousting the fellow American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 57 minutes.

It was a very tight clash with one break of serve in the entire encounter and nothing that could have separated them after the opener. Sam played better in the tie breaks of sets three and four to move over the top, hitting 74 winners and 39 unforced errors, fending off all four break points to seal the deal and stay on the title course.

Roberto Bautista Agut took down injured Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-2, advancing to his first Wimbledon quarter-final and remaining as the only player who has not lost a set in the first four rounds!