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Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a Men’s singles match during day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  
Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a Men’s singles match during day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  |Associated Press
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Nadal cruises to straight set victory over Tsonga to advance to Wimbledon 4th round

Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Rafael Nadal drew level with Bjorn Borg with his 51st victory at Wimbledon, beating two-time semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the third round.

Nadal beat Tsonga on Centre Court in a match that wasn't nearly as taxing as his second-round victory over Nick Kyrgios. He never faced a break point, broke Tsonga five times, and served out the match with an ace.

It was their first meeting at a Grand Slam tournament since the 2008 Australian Open, when Tsonga beat Nadal in the semifinals.

Nadal is now tied for eighth with Borg on the men's all-time list of most match wins at the All England Club, where he won the title in 2008 and 2010. It was also his tour-leading 35th match win of the season. That number could be matched by Roger Federer, who was up next on Centre Court against Lucas Pouille.