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Gauff, Nadal among players to reach third round at Wimbledon

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek survived a scare against Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove to advance, while Kyrgios sets up Tsitsipas clash

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Coco Gauff (USA) returns a shot during her match against Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) on Day 4 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Thursday in London.
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It was an easy day at the office for American teenager Coco Gauff, who unleashed her mighty serve to beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 6-3 in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday.

The Roland-Garros finalist broke Buzarnescu's serve in the fourth game and launched an 122 mph rocket to win the fifth, only to best that with a 124 mph torpedo in the second set, the fastest serves so far in the women's tournament.

Gauff, who never faced a break and won 85% of her first-serve points, broke the Romanian again to close out the first set in a brisk 31 minutes on Centre Court.

The 18-year-old slipped and fell in the sixth game of the second set but never lost her poise, forcing Buzarnescu into an error in the eighth game to break her serve.

She closed out the affair with an ace, one of 10 across the match.

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"I would say growing up I didn't expect myself to be as comfortable as I am on the grass and the clay," she told reporters.

"Playing an unpredictable surface, (what) I really credit a lot is my speed and my ability to be able to react and adjust. I think that's what you need on these surfaces."

The win set up a third-round showdown with compatriot and 20th-seeded Amanda Anisimova, who defeated fellow American Lauren Davis 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek overcame a scare from Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove to advance to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Swiatek captured her 37th consecutive match victory with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Pattinama Kerkhove. The 21-year-old native of Poland needed just over two hours to dispatch the World's No. 138th-ranked player and boost her winning streak, which is the longest on the WTA Tour since Martina Hingis won 37 in 1997.

Swiatek recorded 31 winners to advance to the third round to face France's Alize Cornet, who posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Claire Liu earlier on Thursday.

Harmony Tan of France and British wild-card entry Katie Boulter continued to advance at Wimbledon following a pair of upset victories. Tan and Boulter, however, will square off against each other in the third round.

Tan, who is ranked No. 115 in the world, followed up her three-set victory over seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over 32nd-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.

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Boulter overcame dropping the first set to notch a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal lost a set Thursday but continued on to a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania to reach the third round of the men's side of Wimbledon.

Nadal delivered 13 aces while dispatching Berankis in three hours and two minutes.

Nadal will next face 27th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy. Sonego beat Frenchman Hugo Gaston 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4.

Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece advanced with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 win over Jordan Thompson of Australia.

Tsitsipas has a 29-13 edge in winners while dispatching Thompson.

"I feel grass suits my game perfectly," Tsitsipas said. "I am happy when I see the level of tennis I played today. As long as everything works, I am happy to see where that will lead me."

Tsitsipas will next face controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios, who knocked off No. 26 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

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Kyrgios ripped off 24 aces while dismantling Krajinovic. He had 50 winners against just 10 unforced errors.

"I want to remind people that I'm pretty good," Kyrgios said in a deadpanned mode during his on-court interview. "This is the tournament I circle on my calendar, which I look forward to all year. It's the Grand Slam where I have the best opportunity."

No. 11 seed Taylor Fritz moved on with a 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph over Alastair Gray of Great Britain. Liam Broady, another Brit, eliminated 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina with a 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory.

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Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts to a point during his match against Ricardas Berankis (LTU) on Day 4 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
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