Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal Marches Into Wimbledon Quarters

Rafael Nadal advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday, setting up a showdown with Nick Kyrgios, who was in fine form in a five-set victory. 

In the women’s tournament, the 2019 winner Simona Halep thrashed fourth-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain in 60 minutes to set up a matchup with Amanda Anisimova. 

Nadal, who is going for a rare calendar Grand Slam, got off to a poor start at the All England Club but is now in the zone as he pursues a third Wimbledon victory. 

In his evening match against Dutch 21st seed Botic van de Zandschulp on Centre Court, he showed no compassion and overcame a late hiccup to win 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (8/6).

The Spanish second seed admitted that she performed poorly in the last set, saying, “I believe I continued in a great manner until then.”

“It’s incredible for me so very, very thrilled,” the player said of reaching the quarterfinals after three years away from Wimbledon.

Nadal defeated his opponent five times throughout the match and converted on his fourth match point to go to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the eighth time.

In a thrilling semi-final on Friday, if the 22-time Grand Slam winner defeats 11th seed Taylor Fritz and Kyrgios defeats Chile’s, Cristian Garin.

Before this match, Kyrgios overcame a shoulder injury to defeat American Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-2.

Just two days after his dramatic third-round triumph against fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, the unconventional Australian was a different person.

When Nakashima broke for 4-3 in the fourth game, Kyrgios seemed in danger. Nakashima won the set thanks to a slack Kyrgios serve game.

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In the decisive game, though, he came back, surpassing the 100-ace milestone for the competition and breaking twice to take the victory.

Kyrgios pounded 79 wins, including 35 aces, despite needing frequent physiotherapy.

The 40th-ranked player last advanced to the last eight at a major tournament at the Australian Open in 2015, one year after he made his debut at the All England Club and advanced to the same level.

However, he is seen as a severe danger to Nadal after defeating him on the road to the quarterfinals in 2014.

The 27-year-old Australian said he was trying to be “in the present.”

The athlete said I’m not considering winning a trophy, reaching the semifinals, or winning the game.

“I’m just thinking about my habits every day, just trying to play well on the court, then perform well in practice, try to be optimistic, try to really differentiate,” the athlete said.

“Once I’m off the court, enjoy time with my team, spend time with my fiancée, and just really enjoy that, then get into the game mood,” the athlete said.

Against Australia’s Alex de Minaur, whom he had never defeated, the unseeded Garin pulled off an incredible comeback.

The Chilean defeated the 19th seed in a grueling battle that lasted four hours and 34 minutes after coming back from two sets down and saving two match chances in the fifth set.

American qualifier American Fritz easily defeated Australian qualifier Jason Kubler for the loss of only eight games. Fritz had beaten Nadal in the Indian Wells final earlier this year.

Halep cruises

In a draw devoid of notable players, former world number one Halep is starting to seem more and more threatening as she makes slow progress toward a second Wimbledon victory.

The match between the Romanian and Badosa, which seemed difficult on paper, turned out to be difficult, with the 16th seed winning 6-1, 6-2.

To advance to the semi-finals, Halep—who hasn’t lost a set at Wimbledon yet this year—will compete against American Anisimova.

Harmony Tan, a French player who stunned Serena Williams in her first round, had been having a fantasy run until Anisomova, seeded 20, stopped it with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan defeated Croatia’s Petra Martic in straight sets and will now compete against Ajla Tomljanovic after the Australian ended the run of French veteran Alize Cornet.

Ahead of the event, Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton said organizers had filed an appeal against penalties levied by the WTA women’s circuit for excluding Russian and Belarusian players.

The All England Club put the restrictions in place in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and players were also barred from participating in Wimbledon warm-up competitions.

In response to the Wimbledon ban, the WTA and the ATP men’s circuit stripped the Grand Slam of its ranking points.