But the world number nine didn't even reach the last 16 as he was over-powered 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 by Spanish 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. It was a tough time on my return game. "I have got to work on it every year", Nishikori said.
Competing in her first Grand Slam since taking a year off to have her first child - son Leo - in December, former world number one Azarenka was caught out as Watson made a fast start to her attempt to reach the last 16 for the first time.
- Former world number one Victoria Azarenka battled past British wildcard Heather Watson 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the third round after just over two hours of play on Centre Court.
But the two-time Australian Open champion stepped on the gas to keep alive her attempt to emulate Evonne Goolagong, who was the last Wimbledon mum to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish in 1980.
Halep, beaten in the French Open final last month, eased through with a 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) win against China's Peng Shuai.
"The whole match I was a little bit on the back foot. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets", Nadal said.
Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut
Gilles Muller, the 16th seed, beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (4) 7-5 6-4 to reach the fourth round for the first time in 10 appearances at Wimbledon.
Luxembourg's Muller is enjoying a golden period in his previously unremarkable career after finally winning his first two tour titles in Sydney and 's-Hertogenbosch this year.
Two-time victor Rafael Nadal is 2-sets to 0 up against Karen Khachanov on Centre Court.
However, Bautista Agut rallied to reach the fourth round and equal his best run at The Championships in 2015.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic swept into the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 6-4 7-6 (3) 6-4 win over American Steve Johnson on Friday to end an imperious opening week with a third consecutive straight sets victory.
RB Leipzig Complete Signing Of Jean-Kevin Augustin From PSG
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