Rafael Nadal will keep the men’s world number one spot when the new rankings are released on Monday, July 16 after he booked his place in the fourth round at the ongoing Wimbledon Open tournament.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion defeated Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash.
The Spaniard will now face Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in the last 16 on Monday after the world number 93 defeated 19th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 6-2.
After his victory, second seed Nadal revealed that he was happy to be in the fourth round.
In his words via BBCSport, the 32-year-old said: “A positive match against a player with a lot of energy, I am just happy to be in the fourth round again.”
Former world number one and three-time champion Novak Djokovic is also through to the fourth round after he fought back to beat British 21st seed Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash.
Djokovic, 31, will play Karen Khachanov of Russia in the last 16 on Monday.
After his victory, the Serbian said: “I would have, looking back on it, liked to have been a little bit more aggressive at stages.”
“But it’s easier said than done when you’re in rallies. Today was reasonably good.” He concluded.