The second round of Wimbledon was completed with 18 matches and among the winners were second seed Daniil Medvedev, fourth seed Alexander Zverev, sixth seed Roger Federer and seventh seed Matteo Berrettini.
Dominant day for title contenders
Medvedev was brutally efficient in defeating promising Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, needing just 94 minutes to reach the third round.
Winning 95 percent of his first serve points and committing just 12 unforced errors saw the Russian into the third round at the All-England Club for the third consecutive year.
"I love grass", he said of the surface. "Wimbledon is always going to be special for me". Indeed, he picked up his first main draw win at a major here in 2017, defeating Stan Wawrinka.
Federer improved to 19-2 lifetime against Richard Gasquet as he defeated the Frenchman 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall in 1975.
After a tight first set, in which the Swiss struck 18 winners, he dominated the second and got the decisive break at 3-3 in the third, he fired his 50th winner, an ace, to seal the victory.
"I know Richard really well", said the eight-time champion. "We've played so many times against each other. It's a pleasure playing him. I was really happy with my performance today. I'm really happy with my level right now."
Zverev moved through with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tennys Sandgren while Berrettini had little trouble against Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp, winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Other seeded results
14th seed Hubert Hurkacz swept past Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 while 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime came through against Mikael Ymer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1. 17th seed Cristian Garin earned a hard-fought 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory against Marc Polmans.
23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego moved on after defeating Daniel Galan 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 31st seed Taylor Fritz edged countryman Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4 and 32nd seed Marin Cilic got past Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The only British man to see action on Thursday was 29th seed Cameron Norrie and he dominated Alex Bolt, blowing away the Australian wild card 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.
Former quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios is through after defeating Gianluca Mager 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-4, Aljaz Bedene equaled his best previous Wimbledon result after crushing Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-0, 6-2, Ilya Ivashka came from a set down to knock off Jeremy Chardy and a pair of Aussies moved on as Jordan Thompson eliminated Kei Nishikori 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and James Duckworth downed Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2.