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07/08/2017 09:51 EDT | Updated 07/08/2017 10:07 EDT

Kerber, Raonic both reach second week of action at Wimbledon event

LONDON — Last year's finalists are heading into the second week of action at Wimbledon.

Sixth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic and top-ranked woman Angelique Kerber of Germany both advanced to the fourth round but took different paths there at the All England Club.

Kerber, who lost to American Serena Williams in last year's final, held on to beat Shelby Rogers of the U.S., 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Raonic had an easier time, dispatching Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 a year after losing to Andy Murray in last year's final.

Raonic finished with more than twice as many winners (55) as unforced errors (26). The resident of Thornhill, Ont., also had 21 aces in advancing to the fourth round for the third time in four years.

"I did a lot of things well," Raonic said. "I was efficient on my serve, created a bunch of opportunities. I started getting better and better there.

"Maybe at the beginning I wasn't controlling the situation enough. But as the match went on, I felt like I was dictating more so from the baseline."

Up next for Raonic is Alexander Zverev, who beat Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Kerber gave Rogers plenty of credit following their match.

"It was tough to find my rhythm actually, she played very well from the first point," Kerber said. "She was hitting the balls very hard.

"In the second set, I was starting to (feel) the ball better and better. I think the key was at the end that I was fighting, and I was never giving up at the end. Doesn't matter how the score was."

Besides reaching the Wimbledon final last year, Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open. That made her only the fourth player in the Open era to reach three Grand Slam finals in the same season.

This year, Kerber lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open and then became the first top-seeded woman at the French Open to lose in the first round in the Open era.

After dropping the opening set against Rogers on Saturday, Kerber trailed 3-1 in the second before turning things around.

The top-ranked German will next face 2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza on Monday. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic also won. He was down a break early in the first set but managed to beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2).

Djokovic will next face Adrian Mannarino, a Frenchman who defeated Gael Monfils 7-6 (3), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem were also on the schedule for Day 6 at Wimbledon ahead of the tournament's traditional break on the middle Sunday.

Other women's winners Saturday include third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, CoCo Vandeweghe, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Magdalena Rybarikova and Petra Martic.

For the men, Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych also advanced.