Rafael Nadal’s train keeps going.
The No. 21 Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands was defeated by Nadal, who has won the first two legs of the calendar Grand Slam for the first time in his career, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6) in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday. Nadal won the match when his opponent missed a forehand overhead on match point.
This season, the 36-year-old Spaniard is 18-0 in majors.
On Wednesday, he will go up against American Taylor Fritz, who reached his first-ever quarterfinal. In the past two weeks, he hasn’t dropped a set. The all-time series between Nadal and Fritz is 1-1, with the American defeating a wounded Nadal in the March Indian Wells final who was suffering from a shattered rib. Their first encounter will take place on grass here. In the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Nadal is 7-0.
We’re in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, so what can I expect? “He’s playing great, he’s having an amazing year, winning a first Masters 1000 against me by the way in the finals. Yeah, going to be a tough match.” As for Fritz, Nadal replied.
The victor of that match might face the unpredictable Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals after the Australian defeated American Brandon Nakashima, 20, in five sets to reach his first major quarterfinal in seven years. In the quarterfinals, Kyrgios will take on Chilean Cristian Garin.
Before I played Nadal in 2019, my agent had to pick me up from a bar at 4:00 in the morning, Kyrgios said. “This year, I’m approaching things differently. I’ve definitely gone a long way.
On the other side of the bracket comes top seed and three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who might face Nadal in the title game on Sunday. After defeating No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz in four sets on Sunday, No. 10 Jannik Sinner should be a tough challenge for him on Tuesday.
Djokovic has claimed that the fact that he is currently prohibited from entering the United States to compete in the U.S. Open because he has not received the Covid-19 vaccine has given him more incentive to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon.
After winning his 22nd Grand Slam championship and 14th French Open on June 5, Nadal declared he intended to undergo radiofrequency ablation, a procedure that utilizes heat on the nerve to block chronic pain, but added that if it did not relieve his symptoms, he would have to contemplate surgery. Mueller-Weiss disease, an uncommon degenerative ailment that damages the bones in the foot, affects the tennis legend’s feet. Because he had many anesthetic injections throughout the competition, he claimed he was able to play through the French Open.
After his first-round encounter, he remarked, “I know the victory is the most important thing at the beginning of the tournament, especially at the physical stature that I arrived here. That provides me the chance to prepare tomorrow again and to have another match in two days. Undeniably, I’m pleased about that.