Rafael Nadal reached his 8th Wimbledon quarter-finals, keeping his dreams of completing a Calendar Slam alive. The Spaniard will face 11th seed Taylor Fritz in the last-8 round.

Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 8th time (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nadal defeated van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 in the 4th round
  • Nadal will face Taylor Fritz of the USA in the last-eight round
  • Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarters for the 8th time

22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reached his 8th Wimbledon quarter-finals and the first since his run to the semi-final in 2019 after he defeated Netherlands’ Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets (6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6)) in the men’s singles 4th-round match on Monday, July 4.

Rafael Nadal’s dreams of winning a Calendar Slam remain alive as he faces 11th seed Taylor Fritz of the USA in the quarter-finals later this week. Nadal won the Australian Open in January and dethroned Novak Djokovic at the French Open, taking his Grand Slam tally to 22, two ahead of the Serb and Roger Federer who are tied on 20 each.

Everything went smoothly for Nadal against Botic van de Zandschulp until the final moments of the third set. Serving for the win at 5-3 in the third set, Nadal was broken for the second time in the match.

Wimbledon, Day 8 Highlights

Van de Zandschulp put up a stiff fight in the 3rd set as he forced a tie-breaker. However, Nadal raced to a 6-3 lead and had 3 match points, all of them saved by the Dutchman.

That was the end of the Dutchman’s resistance, though, as Nadal converted his fourth match point for a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win on Centre Court.

Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, will be looking to go the distance even though defending champion and top seed Djokovic is a big threat. A 3rd title at the grass-court Grand Slam, his least successful major, will help him go one step closer to completing a Calendar Slam.

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