Wawrinka through to round four

Stan Wawrinka shrugged off his potential Wimbledon logjam with a straight-sets victory over Denis Istomin.

Wawrinka through to round four

Stan Wawrinka shrugged off his potential Wimbledon logjam with a straight-sets victory over Denis Istomin.

The Swiss number five seed saw off world number 45 Istomin 6-3 6-3 6-4 to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time in five years.

Wawrinka could face five matches in seven days in order to reach the All England Club final after Saturday’s rain delays skewed the men’s schedule.

Coach Magnus Norman labelled Wawrinka’s fixture pile-up “not really human”, after rain shunted the fourth-round ties in the bottom half of the men’s draw back a day.

Mindful of his potential glut of All England Club clashes, Wawrinka wasted little time dispatching Uzbekistan’s Istomin to equal his best-ever Wimbledon run.

Istomin reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne, but was unable to make that resurgent grass-court form count against the Australian Open champion.

The 27-year-old called for the doctor at 4-1 down in the second set, only to continue after a short consultation.

Unfazed by the hiatus, Wawrinka eased into the fourth round, to face the winner of the clash between Feliciano Lopez and John Isner.

Japan's Kei Nishikori completed his truncated five-set victory over Italian Simone Bolelli to kick-start Monday's proceedings.

The 10th seed wound up his third-round clash 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4, held over after Saturday’s rain delays.

Nishikori will now face Canada’s eighth seed Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

Heavy rain hit Wimbledon shortly after 1.30pm, with play suspended on all courts.

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