But Mikel sees no reason why Gareth Southgate's side can't go one better in Russian Federation. Gary Cahill headed England ahead in the early stages, before Harry Kane netted later in the first period. England's manager spent the last few days weighing up whether to punish Sterling for his indiscipline, or play him at the end of a week in which marking his leg with some ink had caused such a stir.
Asked by Sky Sports News whether he thought that Sterling - who started for England in their 2-1 World Cup warm-up win over Nigeria on Saturday - was being unfairly criticised by the media, Kane responded: "I do". "Raheem dropping deep and collecting the ball meant we were able to flood the midfield so I was happy with his performance". "But I was really pleased with what Jordan did".
The German had survived successive five-setters in the previous two rounds, including saving a match point against Damir Dzumhur in the last 32, but his worn out legs and blistered feet again worked overtime to carry him over the finishing line against Khachanov.
On Tuesday, three days after two Loris Karius mistakes cost Liverpool dearly against Real Madrid , Grassi penned an open letter to the German goalkeeper. Who are Liverpool most likely to sign this summer? Since the 3-1 defeat, Liverpool have already been linked with a host of goalkeepers. It offers him an opportunity to play his football on the Adriatic Coast next season and to once again find some self-belief.
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Simona Halep beat American Taylor Townsend in a straight-set 6-3, 6-1 win and will now face Germany's Andrea Petkovic . "I feel like a superhero when I wear it". But, as it turns out, she also has a Black Panther-inspired catsuit which makes her feel like a "warrior princess" . "This ability to turn a match around and suddenly be like a superhero, basically - she's normal and suddenly, Poom!" he said, snapping fingers on both hands.
What's he doing there? We witnessed another crackerjack of an encounter between World XI and Windies, where West Indies had too much firepower and managed to upstage the best XI convincingly. The Hurricane relief T20 challenge is being organised to support the reconstruction of stadiums in Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, BVI and St Martin damaged in hurricanes Irma and Maria a year ago.