Rafael Nadal advances to the quarterfinals eight times

Nadal maintained his good form by defeating 21st seed Van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6) to advance to the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Nadal will take on Fritz, the 11th seed.

Rafael Nadal battled Botic van de Zandschulp for 2 hours and 19 minutes. Nadal’s performance in the fourth-round match remained consistent, with the Spaniard winning the opening two sets quickly. Nadal squandered a chance to seal the match early in the third set, eventually winning the tie-break series 8-6.

Rafael Nadal

Despite losing numerous chances to end the contest in the third set, Nadal played well. The Spaniard produced 29 victories while committing only 17 self-defeating blunders. As can be observed, Nadal’s number of errors in this round is identical to that in the previous round, having been reduced by more than half when compared to the first two rounds.

Van de Zandschulp hunted Nadal down after successfully defending two break-points in the first game of serve. With a consistent advantage, the Spaniard maintained stability. In game 10, Nadal used two set points to break the game and won 6-4.

Nadal extended his winning streak with a 3-0 lead in the second set, establishing a solid three-game advantage and putting significant pressure on his opponent. Van de Zandschulp was broken in the eighth game, which Nadal won 6-2.

The second seed dropped the first game on serve, but he requested a break in the second (1-1), and Nadal continued to have a break in the sixth game (4-2).

When the score was 5-3 in Nadal’s favor, he had the option of ending the set in game 9 with the right to serve, which also meant the conclusion of the match. Unfortunately, Nadal was unable to defend his serve. Van de Zandschulp forced Nadal to play a tie-break after claiming a successful break.

The Spaniard maintained his strong start, grabbing a 6-3 lead in the decisive set but failing to convert three match points. It took Nadal till the fourth mini-break to win 8-6.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will meet 11th seed Taylor Harry Fritz. In the third round, the American defeated 99-ATP player Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

Nadal has a 2-1 record against Fritz, but the player born in 1997 won the last encounter between the two in March in Indian Wells. It was the defeat that wounded Nadal, as well as the setback that ruined the Spaniard’s unbeaten streak since the start of the year.

Earlier, fears over Nadal’s foot issue – which required injection at Roland Garros – seemed to have dissipated, with signs from his most recent triumph, even though it was a tense battle. Nadal is angry and direct.

When the score was 4-3 in the third set, it was pretty anxious. When Sonego made a noise before firing each shot, the 36-year-old Spaniard was noticeably irritated. He stepped up to the net and phoned Sonego to discuss, but the situation did not seem to be remedied right away. The game concluded with an exchange of words and cursory hugs.

But it was Nadal who took the initiative to apologize to Sonego both in the locker room and publicly in the press room. “I have no negative intentions from the bottom of my heart.” “I’m sorry if he’s bothered,” he said following the game. “First and foremost, I must admit that I was mistaken. I should not have summoned him to the internet to argue. As a result, I apologize for my conduct. That is an error. I’m not going to say anything about what transpired throughout the game.”

In any case, Nadal’s victory over Sonego was more convincing than his previous two meetings. Nadal’s winning and unforced error ratio in his first encounter against Cerundolo were 23-41. This index was 35-39 in the match versus Ricardas Berankis. The total of 80 faults made after two matches is discouraging. Nadal had won 24 times and missed only 17 times before going to Sonego. At the same time, his net score is very high (20/28).

“This is my best game since the beginning of the competition.” In comparison to earlier, I have made significant progress. Play more determinedly, aggressively, and aggressively at the net. “Overall, really positive,” Nadal said of his triumph.

Wimbledon 2022 emerged surprising after four rounds, as many good players gradually slipped out. Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and fifth seed Carlos Alcaraz were forced to retire before the veterans, while former world number one Novak Djokovic began the arduous test.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 23-year-old Greek star, was eliminated in the third round by Nick Kyrgios (ranked 40 ATP). Kyrgios is a “highly gifted, handicapped” player, and his trickery in the competition against Tsitsipas put “junior” under psychological strain.

As a result, in games 2 and 3, Nick Kyrgios twice petitioned the referee to disqualify Tsitsipas because he believed the fourth seed intentionally hit the ball at the audience. As a result, despite having the advantage of winning the first game, Tsitsipas progressively lost control and was defeated by the Australian player.

Unlike Tsitsipas, 19-year-old Spanish prospect Carlos Alcaraz was forced to withdraw from the competition following a comfortable fourth-round defeat to Italian competitor Jannik Sinner (13th ATP) on July 3. Despite his impressive performance over the last two years, Alcaraz’s forte is not the grass surface, and the 5th seed Wimbledon 2022 has conceded that it is not high enough to compete for a Grand Slam title this year.

Although it is improbable to rematch superstar Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2022, Alcaraz has improved in Grand Slam tournaments this season compared to the previous. In 2022, the world number seven has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, and the fourth round of Wimbledon. He is also one of the few teenage players in history to reach the US Open quarterfinals and defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament (Madrid Masters 2022).

The attention is on the quarter-final match between No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner, which takes place at 5 p.m. on 5-7. In their only previous meeting, Djokovic handily defeated his 20-year-old junior with a score of 6-4, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 in Monaco.