Wimbledon shock as Halep, Zverev crash, Nadal, Djokovic move on

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in their men's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest London

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in their men's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest London

Top seed and world No.1 Simona Halep became the latest female to make an unexpected early exit on the pristine lawns of SW19, falling in the third round to world No.48 Hsieh Su-wei.

She is the first women's top seed to lose to an unseeded player at Wimbledon since Ana Ivanovic lost to China's Zheng Jie 10 years ago, also just after winning the French Open.

Zverev, playing for the third day in succession, was shocked by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, ranked 138, in a gruelling five sets, 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0. For the first time in Wimbledon history, none of the top five women's seeds reached the round of 16.

However, Hsieh's unpredictable offense and never-say-die attitude paid dividends as she upset the world No. 1 to secure a 3-6 6-4 7-5 victory, despite presenting her opponent with 23 break-point chances.

"It's unbelievable. I was 2-5 down in the final set but the crowd pushed me to fight". "But I just wanted to make him think about my game style".

"That's where I want to be, playing on big courts against big players", de Minaur said.

"It's the first time I have been on a court with him and just his presence". He hit a pretty good lob over me.

Nadal looks to kickstart Wimbledon campaign with a bang
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Centre Court. An ace gave him a love hold for a 4-3 lead, another lethal passing shot giving him a 0-40 lead on Sela's serve.

Hsieh's serve is hardly a weapon - her second serves often crawling over the net - but she battled back from 15-40 to deuce in the final game, then closed it out as a weary-looking Halep dumped consecutive forehands into the net. I feel I'm really lucky to be a tennis player, stay here until the second week.

Halep is the first No. 1 seed to fail to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon since Serena Williams in 2014.

'There were some tough moments but it is a very positive result so I am happy to be through'.

"I didn't think I could win after losing the third set, but he got exhausted and I played smarter", added Gulbis.

Bencic, now at 56 in the world, next faces two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who swept past Naomi Osaka of Japan.

Victory for Hsieh means Karolina Pliskova is the only member of the tournament's top-10 seeds still in the draw at the All England Club.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, a former top 10 player whose ranking slumped out of the top 300 previous year after wrist surgery, made the fourth round for the second time with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

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